Tehealth technology is secure telecommunications technology used to provide clinical care and promote patient self management. Health Information is exchanged from the veteran’s home or other location to the veteran's team of medical caretakers and this alleviates the constraints of time and distance.
This type of technology works well with veterans with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and chronic respiratory disease, just to name a few. It's cost effective, simple and revolutionary. The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) has been using this technology for years but the demand consistently outstrips the supply. Simply put, there are too many veterans and not enough telehealth providers. This is especially true for veterans who live in rural locations where medical resources are few and far between. The benefits of this technology are numerous and include:
Making the veteran’s home the preferred place of care when appropriate
Focusing on veterans whose treatment incurs 20-30% of health care costs and resources
Providing non-institutional care support for veteran patients and their caregivers
Assisting veteran patients to self-manage their disease, when this is possible
Providing patient navigation support (i.e. for chronic disease management) telehealth is ordered for and provided to veterans in collaboration with the veteran’s medical provider