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Delivering doctors via video means better care for veterans

- December 22, 2009 - 0 Comments

As Americans, we enjoy unprecedented freedoms and liberties, but only thanks to the soldiers who have and continue to sacrifice everything to fight for them. Families and friends, comfort and homes are left thousands of miles behind as soldiers deploy to unfamiliar, often unfriendly locations across the globe where injury and even death can await them.

When these soldiers do finally arrive back to their families and homes, many face a new set of challenges, especially those that have been wounded in combat.

For wounded veterans, life can be a constant battle even when they return home. Many need constant care from doctors, others need conditions monitored or regular visits to doctors and specialists. Many times, this means strain on families and loved ones who have to prepare and travel with them from their homes to distant doctors on a regular basis.

In an effort to provide quality medical care and reduce the significant impact on veterans’ families, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been turning to an unlikely ally, video teleconferencing (VTC).

By embracing VTC technology and solutions, the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and its Care Coordination Home Telehealth program are giving wounded veterans a direct connection to their doctors and medical staff via video. This enables doctors to monitor medical conditions and vital data from a distance without having to travel to the patient, or vice versa.

For Joseph “Jay” Briseno, Jr., and his family, this new program has had a significant impact. Jay was wounded by gunfire during a tour in Iraq that left him with permanent paralysis, blindness and brain injury. A specialized telehealth unit was created by the VA and TANDBERG to bring Jay’s medical team right to his bedside. This not only ensures that his health can be constantly monitored, but also allows doctors to make more educated decisions about whether Jay needs to brought into the hospital for treatment, which is a difficult process requiring ambulance transport.

At TANDBERG, we’re proud to be creating VTC solutions that enhance the lives of veterans wounded while defending our freedom. Empowering a new way of caring for veterans is just a small way we can show our appreciation for their patriotism and sacrifice.

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