Telehealth - Health technologies for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been out front with regard to using telehealth to provide care, especially to those in rural areas. In particular, it plans a massive boost to mental healthcare through teleconferencing. That's been paired with the agency's decision to discontinue charging veterans a co-payment for telehealth services.

In January, the VA awarded 33 grants to improve healthcare services for female veterans, including telehealth programs in rural areas. In Michigan, meanwhile, the VA recently committed to use telehealth for disaster relief efforts to connect first responders to doctors at VA hospitals.

Additionally, 10 VA medical centers are part of a telehealth pilot program aimed at improving veterans' access to hearing specialists. In an example of that program, audiologists from the Durham, N.C., VA Medical Center can perform a battery of tests on veterans at a VA outpatient clinic in Greenville, N.C., a two-hour drive away, according to Hearing News Watch.

Telehealth - Health technologies for veterans
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