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    Roseburg VA offers Telehealth service for Veterans

    Roseburg VA offers Telehealth service for Veterans

    Photo By T. T. Parish | Health care in your home might be easier than you think – Veterans in rural Southern...... read more read more



    Story by T. T. Parish 

    Roseburg VA Health Care System

    Health care in your home might be easier than you think – Veterans in rural Southern Oregon sometimes live hours from their nearest VA facility. Roseburg VA Health Care System has a solution: Telehealth.

    Any Veteran with a phone, tablet or computer with access to the internet might find the benefit to be useful, according to RVAHCS Telehealth coordinator, Atticus Lamoreaux.

    “Clinical Telehealth Clinics usage in the Roseburg VA Healthcare System have seen a steady increase since 2016,” said Lamoreaux. “A brief snapshot shows that for fiscal year 2019 Roseburg exceeded the [Veterans Health Administration] Telehealth goal of 20 percent of Veterans receive a portion of their care through Telehealth modalities, with a cumulative percentage of 23.11.”

    As technology continues to make health care more accessible, especially in rural areas like Southern Oregon, RVAHCS providers will continue to embrace available tools and resources to better serve Veterans.
    Here are some of the great things Veterans have been doing with VA’s technology capabilities:

    VA Mobile Apps (mobile.va.gov/appstore)
    Local Veterans are using many of VA’s nearly two dozen patient-facing web and mobile apps. These online tools assist Veterans with issues ranging from weight loss and mental health to refilling prescriptions and scheduling their medical appointments. VA’s mobile apps are accessed by thousands of Veterans each year.

    My HealtheVet (www.myhealth.va.gov)
    Local Veterans are using My HealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal, to track a wide range of medical conditions, send secure messages to his health care teams, schedule appointments, and refill prescriptions from their home computers and mobile devices. Since the site’s launch in 2003, My HealtheVet has eclipsed more than five million registered users.

    Telehealth (telehealth.va.gov)
    Local Veterans are using telehealth services to connect with their care teams and to share important health information. These virtual appointments are taking place in Veterans’ homes, VA clinics and VA hospitals and are changing the way Veterans access VA health care. More than 900,000 Veterans used VA telehealth services to participate in over 2.6 million episodes of care in Fiscal Year 2019.

    VA is seeing more and more success stories and increasing patient satisfaction with its online tools and mobile applications. If you are interested in learning more about all VA has to offer Veterans in the digital age, and would like to talk to Veterans, caregivers and clinicians who have experience with these tools, please let us know. We’d be happy to set up interviews for you.

    For more information about VA’s Connected Care programs, visit connectedcare.va.gov.

    Point of contact for this release is Tim Parish, Public Affairs Officer, Roseburg VA Health Care System; timothy.parish@va.gov; 541-440-3026.



    Date Taken: 01.14.2020
    Date Posted: 01.14.2020 13:59
    Story ID: 359151
    Location: ROSEBURG, OR, US 

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