VA text messaging system empowers Veterans to be full partners in their own care

Image of woman using Annie app

One afternoon last month, Dr. Jennifer Roth called to check on a patient and got no answer. It turned out the Veteran was at the gym.

Dr. Roth, a graduate psychologist at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center in Minnesota, was thrilled by this news – but not just because her patient was getting a healthy workout. “This individual had withdrawn from other people socially and really wasn’t leaving the house anymore,” she explains.

So, what made the difference? Annie did.

Annie is VA’s new mobile text messaging system that reminds Veterans to tend to their own self-care between VA appointments. It’s currently in field testing and will soon be available for VA care teams across the country to customize.

Read this VAntage Point blog to learn more about Annie and how Dr. Roth used it to help her Veteran patients engage in mood-elevating activities.