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Nevada VA reports 3,500% increase in telehealth appointments since Jan. 1

Specialists rely on telehealth to treat vulnerable patients
Posted at 12:18 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 15:53:16-04

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System has completed 47,438 video telehealth appointments with Veterans in their homes to date in 2020.

This represents an increase in video telehealth appointments of more than 3,500% since Jan. 1.

Video telehealth allows Veterans and their caregivers to meet virtually with their VA care teams on any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet or data service connection.

As in-person interactions decreased in response to the coronavirus pandemic, video telehealth has supported veterans’ abilities to continue care and remain safe at home.

All primary care and mental health professionals at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System can provide video telehealth care to Veterans in their homes or other locations of their choice.

In addition, almost 60% of all specialty professionals are currently capable of providing video telehealth visits with more staff being trained daily.

More than 14,500 individual Veterans served by the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System have completed video telehealth visits. At the national level, over 26,000 devices have been provided to increase access to the technology that Veterans need to connect with their VA health care team virtually.