A new ATLAS (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations) site is now available at the American Legion Post 176 in Springfield, Virginia. To date, seven ATLAS locations have been established across the nation, with plans to open additional sites in the coming months.
ATLAS provides Veterans with private appointment space to meet with their VA providers through VA Video Connect for services that do not require hands-on exams, such as primary care, nutrition, mental health counseling and social work. Part of VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere initiative, ATLAS improves access to care by offering free internet broadband and convenient locations for Veterans to attend their VA health appointments in their communities.
Facilitated by the VA Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships, the ATLAS project is a collaboration among VA’s Office of Connected Care, Philips North America, The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Walmart. “VA’s latest ATLAS site reaffirms the effectiveness of collaborating with private organizations to provide cutting-edge care to Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
VA has established procedures at all ATLAS sites to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These procedures are based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency.