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Veterans Affairs, Walmart open latest telehealth pilot site | Healthcare IT News

As part of a joint effort to help Veterans in rural areas access medical care, Walmart and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs have opened another location for the new Telehealth Pilot Program. The service initiative, Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) has locations in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan, and provides clinical services that include primary care, mental health, social work and nutrition. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars also have pilot sites. The latest trend that has sparked such momentum for this initiative is the challenge that VA medical facilities are facing. Patients’ electronic health records are backlogged, stacks of records being miles high and dating back to 2016. Despite this challenge, telehealth technology is showing tangible benefits in connecting Vets to medical services. Two separate studies have shown that VA efforts to bring medical services to Vets via telehealth have reached veterans in rural areas, and that the efforts have improved clinical efficiency.

Source: https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/veterans-affairs-walmart-open-latest-telehealth-pilot-site

 

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