Veteran’s Affairs is becoming a place to watch for health care innovation. After an investigation exposed the chronic provider shortages at some VA hospitals, the system had to reach for new solutions. The Washington Post reports that one approach has been to integrate technology and telemedicine into the VA system. The WaPo piece focus largely on mental health—the VA is experimenting with sessions over Google Hangouts—but the effort is broader, as well:
VA distributed over 10,000 tablets to clinicians across the country last year and launched a mobile app store with more than a dozen apps to provide veterans with access to health services.The apps have been downloaded by more than 300,000 users since their release, according to VA officials. Booz Allen is providing the IT support for Connected Health.