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Dr. Frank Liu, Chief of Nuclear Medicine Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, was one of the first to receive a mobile device as part of the VA Mobile Health Provider Program

Dr. Frank Liu, Chief of Nuclear Medicine Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, was one of the first to receive a mobile device as part of the VA Mobile Health Provider Program

Monday, July 7, 2014

VA Mobile Health Provider Program Connects Veterans and Health Care Teams through on-the-go Technology

While driving home from work one evening, Dr. Frank Liu, chief of the Nuclear Medicine Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, received a call to read an emergency scan of an Intensive Care patient.  Dr. Liu immediately pulled to the side of the road to use his new VA-issued mobile device to access the patient’s scans. He determined that the patient had multiple life-threatening blood clots in his lungs and was able to inform the MICU staff for immediate treatment. In emergency situations such as this, seconds count, and technology’s role is crucial.

 

A few days earlier, Dr. Liu had received a mobile device through VA’s Mobile Health Provider Program. The program is designed to equip health care providers with mobile technology to enhance the way they deliver health care to Veterans.

 

For providers and health care teams involved in the program, this means easier access to the tools they need to properly treat their Veteran patients. For Veterans and their families, it means faster care and enhanced communication with their VA physicians and health care teams. VA plans to distribute up to 10,000 devices to 19 facilities across the country by the end of September 2014.

 

“The VA Mobile Health Provider Program is an exciting opportunity to connect Veterans, caregivers, and VA care teams. The VA-developed apps will assist providers with improved diagnoses and treatment, while simultaneously empowering Veterans to take charge of their own health,” said Dr. Neil Evans, Co-Director of Connected Health and a primary care physician at the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

 

For more information about VA Mobile Health Provider Program, visit: http://mobilehealth.va.gov/providers/.