VA-approved health apps are becoming more common as patients use them to cut down on wait time and to access their records. Federal law makers are now looking into how the VA protects the information shared on these platforms. Almost 50 apps have been approved, and many ask for information such as permission to access photos, contacts, and your calendar. One app designed to help those diagnosed with PTSD even requests permission to access the phone’s microphone and contacts, leading to concern that this information could be sold to a third party and used against the veteran. The VA is now in the process of executing a multi-billion-dollar IT modernization project designed to help combat these issues and increase the benefits veterans can receive.
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