In a White House press conference, President Donald Trump and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Shulkin announced new technology that would increase capabilities to veterans’ health care services. The technology would significantly improve and expand access to medical health care and suicide prevention for those who served in the armed forces.
The Veterans Affairs Telehealth Services are accessible on a mobile device and or a home computer. Veterans will now be able to make appointments for 50 health care services, “from dentistry to dermatology.”
Donald Trump and Mr. Shulkin, a medical doctor, conducted a video chat with a patient in an Oregon doctor’s office. The President was able to see first-hand some of the unique features of the devices; which included using video technology and diagnostic tools to conduct medical exams.
VA Secretary, David Shulkin inherited many problems that made accessibility to veterans’ health care difficult. The agency struggled with image problems stemming from health care service delays and backlogged disability claims. The agency took on challenges to combat the “roughly 20 suicides per day among veterans.” There are approximately 6 million patients from the Vietnam War generation to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, “who bring home battle-broken bodies and emotional wounds.” Implementing this technology will make a tremendous difference for veterans, stated President Trump.
According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ website, the VA was recognized for its IT innovations.
Listed below are some of the features that are offered to to our servicemen and women:
Video Connect, which virtually connects caregivers and patients.
Annie app, which sends patients appointments reminders, messages from their local VA Medical Center, and health-monitoring prompts via text.
Health Hub, a one-stop shop for all VA programs, with guides to complementary care programs.
Emerging Health Technology Advancement Center (EHTAC), a lab environment to explore new technologies and trends.
VA Innovators Network, a resource for employees to see and solve problems at the facility level.
Continuous Readiness in Information Security Program (CRISP), which protects medical devices connected to VA networks.
MyVA Performance Management Dashboard, which implements a new performance management structure to improve programs and strategic initiatives.
Enterprise Veterans Operations, a customer relationship management system.
VistA Intake, which leverages software solutions created by developers outside VA’s Office of Information & Technology (OI&T).
Veterans Benefits Management System, a multi-year technology solutions project to transition the Veterans Benefits Administration from a paper-intensive environment to a paperless-based one.