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West Texas VA Health Care System



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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Telehealth Services: Providing the right care in the right place at the right time.

There are lots of reasons to be excited about Telehealth services at our West Texas VA Health Care System! Telehealth programs allow care to be given when providers and Veterans are far away from each other. Just take a look below for a description of some of our programs. We are all about CONNECTION!

Home Telehealth:

VA sends you a monitor, and you send information about your health to your RN care coordinator every day. You learn better management of your health, which means less time being sick-now and in the future.

CVT (Clinical Video Telehealth):

Usually, links the patient at a clinic to a provider at another location by video. We utilize this service for Mental health, Nutrition, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Ortho, Neurology, Spinal Care Injury, TBI, Polytrauma, and even offer video in the home for some patients and services.

TeleRetinal Screenings:

Veterans with diabetes can have pictures taken of their eyes; these pictures are then sent to our Ophthalmology specialist in Albuquerque for review.


Part of our MOVE program for long-term weight management. We plan to start this program after the first of the year. We can get and stay healthy together!

Let’s take a closer look at two Veterans who have just enrolled in Home Telehealth:

• Mr. J is a Veteran who has had diabetes for many years. He and his nurse practitioner are concerned that his blood sugars have been very high; he is tired all the time and has wounds on his legs. Mr. J says “I would like to go visit my daughter for a couple of weeks, but just do not feel up to it”.

• Mrs. C has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF) and has been in the hospital 4 times in the past year. She says, “I get sick all the time and I don’t know what else to do!”

Each Veteran completes the daily health check for the next 6 months. They either learn or are reminded of ways to manage their health issues in bite-sized pieces each day. Mrs. C says “My nurse can tell when I am starting to get sick. Since I take care of my problems before they get bad, I’m not as ill.” Mr. J appreciates that his nurse only calls when there is a problem. He can call or send a message if he needs to, and the nurse sends updates to his nurse practitioner about his blood sugar levels.

Great Changes: Mr. J’s blood sugar levels have been almost normal most of the time, even at night, for 4 months. Since he has also lost 12 pounds, his blood pressure has improved as well. He has planned a trip to see his family in Arizona. Mrs. C has been ill a few times in the past 6 months, but has not had to go to the hospital. She is able to tend to her garden and go to church without being as tired.

Now both of our friends, Mr. J and Mrs. C are not actual patients. However, their stories are common in our program. Every Change Counts!

Telehealth Services: Providing the right care in the right place at the right time.


• Cost: Less cost and time for travel.

• Safety: driving less = less chance for accidents!

• Better Health: Reduced complications, improved quality of life.

Please talk to your nurse or Primary Care Provider about the benefits of home Telehealth if you feel you may be right for you. Keep on the lookout for information on our MOVE and TeleMOVE programs in the next few months!


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