VA Telehealth Reached More Than 690,000 Veterans in FY 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating the success of its telehealth programs, which connected more than 690,000 veterans to doctors and healthcare professionals in fiscal year 2014. The VA estimates more than two million virtual consultations were conducted, helping bring health care to veterans in rural areas or those unable to travel.
The national telehealth system provides access to more than 44 clinical specialties through virtual consultations. Below are some of the consultations in which veterans can participate with healthcare professionals over the video conference systems.
- Eye exams
- Dermatology exams
- Mental health evaluations
- Hearing exams
The telehealth systems have been an integral part of improving the auditory services available to veterans who suffer from hearing impairment or loss. The TeleAudiology program has grown ten-fold in the past several years, increasing from 1,016 veterans in 2011 to 10,589 in 2014.
The telehealth system is becoming more prevalent as the VA focuses on improving the availability of care to veterans across the U.S. Nearly 55 percent of the veterans served by the telehealth program live in rural areas and cannot easily travel to the nearest VA hospital or facility.
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Telehealth is just one of many programs available through the VA to benefit veterans’ health care. If you are a disabled veteran with service-connected disabilities you may be eligible for certain VA compensation programs. Disability Help Group is dedicated to assisting disabled veterans and their families as they seek veterans’ disability compensation. Contact us today to begin your claim. Call 1-(800)-800-3332.