Telehealth Rehabilitation Options for Veterans and more Telehealth Buzz

Telehealth Gives Veterans Access to More Rehabilitation Options

  • Veterans Affairs hospitals in Indianapolis, IN, Cleveland, OH, and Jackson, MS, will soon be offering art therapy to veterans via telehealth.
  • The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health and the National Endowment for the Arts and is run by the Rural Veterans TeleRehabilitation Initiative (RVTRI).
  • The program gives veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder access to creative arts rehabilitative services from any location.
  • Read the full story here.

Telehealth’s Time to Shine

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are encouraging health care providers to use tools already at their disposal, including telehealth, to combat the new coronavirus.
  • CDC and WHO are urging healthcare providers to utilize telehealth to triage sick patients and keep healthy patients away from crowded medical facilities to limit the spread of the virus.
  • By moving routine health services like prescription refills and check-ins to an online platform, healthy people can be kept out of hospitals or public areas.
  • While other countries have had success expanding telehealth use during the outbreak, state and federal regulations and differing government and commercial reimbursement standards present a challenge.
  • Telehealth technology could also be used to map hotspots and outbreak locations, foster increased communication among health care providers and patients, and monitor situations in real-time.
  • Read the full story here.

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