Veterans’ Smart Phones Can Help VA Diagnose Patients

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is constantly searching for new ways to improve interactions between the VA and veterans. The last couple of years have seen the  VA focus on not only improving their relationship with veterans, but improving the quality of health care provided to veterans. Within the next year, VA medical centers are planning on being able to provide a brand new service to their patients.

Now VA patients will hopefully be able to use their smart phones to help the VA diagnose them. The VA’s new trial project couples Blackberry-maker Research in Motion and mVisum, a mobile health firm, to ensure patients have access to proper medical information. The veteran population suffers heart attacks in high numbers. Some heart attacks will cause permanent damage if the person suffering the heart attack is not at the surgical cardiac catheterization lab within 90  minutes.

This is where the new technology comes in. The EKG can be sent directly to the cardiologist’s Blackberry via mVisum. The software carries a $75,000 price tag, and has been tested out by George Washington University Hospital and select VA medical centers. Patients suffering certain physical ailments will be able to respond to medical issues via their Blackberries as well as watch informative videos on  their treatments through the new system.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.