VA’s rapidly expanding telehealth capabilities are actively being used in VA’s Amputation System of Care to enhance rehabilitation for Veterans across the United States. VA Provider Dr. Bradley Tucker (pictured) conducts a telehealth visit with Veteran Justin “Nate” Knowles on screen at Prosthetic Innovations in Philadelphia.
Over half of VA’s 25 amputation specialty sites have been providing telehealth care for more than five years to connect VA providers and Veterans with limb loss. Veterans with amputations have unique needs and often require access to a prosthetist to fabricate an artificial limb to improve their functional ability. It’s important for prosthetists to be active members of the rehabilitation team to promote the best outcome.
At times Veterans will opt to choose a community prosthetist closer to their home. In this situation, the VA uses video conferencing or telehealth to connect the team altogether.