VA issues the blueprint for pandemic-fueled telehealth spike

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The pandemic encouraged technological advancement in healthcare. The doctors come up with the groundwork to deal with the problem in the future.

The department of Veteran Affairs lays the groundwork for the telehealth spike. With pandemic in full exposure, healthcare’s inefficiencies popped up. It is also high time to prepare for what is coming next. It will only be worse.

The department, along with the Veterans Health Administration, delegates care for 9 million. Dr. Neil Evans is also the chief officer for the office of connected care. He is in the Veterans Health Administration.

He also explains, “Earlier efforts included the expansion of telehealth to remote clinics, call centers, VA telehealth access points in the communities, and even the application of telehealth during disasters…The VA Telehealth Emergency Management Team established in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017”

The COVID situation demands a quick hand, prompted scale-up. The number of VA video-to-home telehealth contacts jumped by 3,147 per cent. It was 294,847 in the fiscal year 2019. Also, then struck up to 9,575,958 in the fiscal year 2021.

In 2021, VA assisted 11.2 million telehealth hike episodes of care. It was to more than 2.3 million veterans. It denoted a 98 per cent increase in telehealth episodes of treatment. The figures were also in comparison with the fiscal year 2020.

The surge in demand for video telemedicine and telehealth spike was the contribution of Pandemic. VA expanding the cloud-based architecture also benefitted huge gains in video capacity. It enriched the performance.

Evans gives details on the telehealth architecture. This architecture was outdone many weeks early in the pandemic. It helped the team in diagnosis. VA care teams may not have been able to optimize video without it. And, it was not the video care to the home.

VA also scaled its Tele Critical Care program. It showed direct support intensive care units. It was through the country that dealt with surges. The help was for ill patients. They also focused on the COVID-19 hotspots.

It also expanded the virtual care capabilities. It was the strong infrastructure that serves as the backbone. Also, it enables VA to offer self-subscription. The telehealth spike also facilitated rapid vaccine scheduling.

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