Health care without the commute

Almost 30 percent of the U.S. Veteran population resides in rural areas. This percentage is even higher for Veterans in VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s coverage area with a total of 52 percent living outside of the cities.more

Telehealth: A Better Way Than The Highway

Your call: drive hours to your nearest VA medical facility vs. click on a monitor from a closer Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. Some Veterans live many miles from a VA medical center, making visits to the doctor an all-day event. Others with chronic conditions require constant monitoring, but opt to stay at home rather than in the hospital.more

How 'Telehealth' Can Reduce America's Health Care Spending

Say goodbye to the doctor's office, and hello to your personal computer. According to a new report released by the Commonwealth Fund, "telehealth" - programs in which doctors and nurses use electronic medical data to remotely monitor and check in with their patients - has led to significant reductions in hospital re-admissions and bed days among early adopters such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).more

VA to Increase Mental Health Care Access through 200,000 Telemental Health Consultations in 2012

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2012)– In a continuing effort to increase Veterans’ access to mental health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has set a goal to conduct more than 200,000 clinic-based, telemental health consultations for all mental health specialties in fiscal year 2012.  This follows VA’s announcement last month that it would no longer charge Veterans a copayment when they receive care in their homes from VA health professionals using video conferencing.more

VA Division Saves $742000 With Telehealth

A single veterans hospital in rural Oregon saved more than $88,000 in travel expenses during fiscal year 2011 by shifting 3,224 patient encounters from in-person visits to telehealth services, according to a nursing executive there. The entire U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Northwest Health Network, also known as Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 20, was able to trim upwards of $742,000 from its budget during the same period by facilitating 23,580 remote consultations.more