VA mHealth Apps Begin Pilot Testing

7-16-2013 11-45-51 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs is piloting a new suite of mobile apps designed to engage veterans and caregivers. The platform was created by the VA Mobile Health department and individual applications will focus on the needs of veterans, caregivers, and VA clinical teams.

The first two pilots are the Family Caregiver Pilot and the Veteran Appointment Request Web App Pilot. The Family Caregiver Pilot services seriously injured Post-9/11 veterans. Caregivers of these veterans will receive a free iPad pre-loaded with a suite of apps that allow both veterans and caregivers access to diagnostic results,  treatment information, and lifestyle tips. The Veteran Appointment Request Web App Pilot will introduce functionality to request primary care and mental health appointments using web-based apps. This functionality will be made available to 600 beta-testers based at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Both pilots are expected to be scaled nationally in the coming months.

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