Hoosier Veterans Getting "TeleMedicine" Care
The latest figures show that about two in five Indiana veterans lives in rural areas.
That often makes it tough for them to get the proper medical care they need. Health officials say that why the U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration has been promoting "Telemedicine." It allows vets across the nation to connect online with their local veterans hospitals for actual doctor visits that include health checks and consultations.
David Yanez is Facility TeleHealth Coordinator at Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He says veterans hospitals across the nation have been serving more than 250,000 veterans through various telemedicine programs. Yanez says Indiana has three programs that include: Home TeleHealth, Clinical Video TeleHealth and Store Forward TeleHealth.
In a nutshell, the technologies involve health care via free-of-charge, computer health monitoring devices from their home, via Skype or at special centers that veterans visit that are closer to their homes, but far away from hospitals. Yanez says the Indianapolis facility serves 63,000 veterans. He says the technology is not far off from being available via home computer. He adds it's also inevitable that it'll soon be available to the general population.