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Posted on Jun 13, 2019
VA App Store Redesign Simplifies Search

VA App Store Redesign

Thanks to a recent website redesign, the VA App Store just got a fresh new look.

Under the direction of the Office of Connected Care’s VA Mobile Program, the VA App Store has grown to house nearly 50 mobile applications for both Veterans and VA health professionals. VA apps are intended to offer secure, on-the-go access to patient data, as well as provide more opportunities for Veterans to participate in their health care.

The new design improves how Veterans and VA care teams search the site’s app options. The updated home page organizes apps into helpful categories, as well as spotlights top apps and featured apps. A new “Similar Apps” section at the bottom of each app page also offers visitors suggestions for other VA apps that may interest them.

Visit the new and improved VA App Store today.

Posted on Jun 12, 2019
Houston Veterans, Clinicians Praise VA Video Connect and TeleMental Health

Veteran using VA Video Connect

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (VAMC) recently implemented the VA Video Connect App for TeleMental Health services, and Veterans and VA clinicians alike love using it. The app provides a secure video link between Veterans and members of their VA care team, no matter where the Veteran is located. Currently, 75 mental health providers of the Houston facility’s offer VA Video Connect visits.

“The technology is ideal for Veterans who live far away, have medical problems or find it difficult to leave the house,” said Houston VAMC psychologist Dr. Jan Lindsay. “When we provide psychotherapy via telehealth, some Veterans report that being at home makes it easier to focus on the work being done. They feel safer at home.”

Air Force Veteran Christopher Banks, who has trouble walking and often needed to cancel his in-person mental health appointments, agrees. “I can be in my own home, which helps me with sharing.”

Read the full story on VAntage Point.

Posted on Jun 03, 2019
Connected Care Videos Win Four 2019 Telly Awards

The Telly Awards recently announced its 2019 winners, and three educational videos produced by the Office of Connected Care were recognized with four awards. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the Telly Awards honors video and television content excellence across all screens. Entries are judged by members of the Telly Awards Judging Council, a group of more than 200 video industry leaders.

All three award-winning Connected Care videos spotlight VA virtual care technologies and services that are expanding access to care for Veterans everywhere. Click the links below to view the winning videos:

Read the VA press release to learn more about this recent honor.

Posted on Jun 02, 2019
My HealtheVet Newsletter Tops 800,000 Subscribers

The Office of Connected Care is excited to announce that the My HealtheVet Update newsletter has exceeded 800,000 subscribers! The biweekly email first launched in November 2015 and is distributed every other Wednesday.

My HealtheVet Update strives to engage with Veterans and share information that is educational and important to you. It provides tips for managing your health and using My HealtheVet’s online tools and features.

Don’t miss out! Sign up to receive My HealtheVet Update.

Posted on Jun 01, 2019
Traveling? Bring VA Care in Your Carry-on

Summer travel can be fun and rewarding. But if you’re a Veteran with health concerns, it can also bring worry: What if I lose my medications? What if I get sick or have a flare-up while I’m out of town?

The good news is you can relax. VA’s virtual health care tools – including My HealtheVet, VA Video Connect and other apps available on the VA App Store – can help make your trip carefree. There are a few things you should do before you go, however, to make sure VA care is packed in your bags.

Get your travel list of to-do’s in this blog on VAntage Point and let VA virtual care tools assist you, whether you’re visiting family down the street or taking a trip across the globe.

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About Connected Care

There are many new and exciting things taking place in the Office of Connected Care! View the videos below to learn more about specific Connected Care offices and programs.

Learn more about how Connected Care continues to build a virtual care environment focused on end-to-end integrated care for Veterans, their Caregivers and VA care teams.

Learn more about how My HealtheVet empowers Veterans to be active participants in their own health care; Telehealth’s ability to reach Veterans where they live; REVAMP, a new tool from VHA Innovation that helps Veterans better manage their sleep apnea; and how VA is giving Veterans the ability to schedule and manage their own primary care appointments.

Learn more about Clinical Video Telehealth, livestreaming audio-video between VA care teams and patients that allows Veterans to see their doctors remotely; VA PUR, a new mobile app that helps Veterans and their Caregivers with pressure ulcer treatment; and how My HealtheVet helps Veterans manage their own care to become more independent.

Learn more about the MOVE! Coach App, which helps Veterans meet their fitness and weight loss goals; the Distance Hearing Aid Fitting Program, which allows VA care teams to program or adjust a patient’s hearing aid remotely; and how My HealtheVet, VA’s personal health record portal, helps Veterans access their health records safely and securely.