The VA is the largest provider of home telehealth services in the country.ii With the challenges that Veterans in rural areas face – long travel times to health care facilities and a shortage of health care providers and specialists – telehealth provides the VA the opportunity to deliver high-quality care close to or in the home. With many Veterans, like the rest of the U.S. population, living with one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and depression, simple and convenient access to care is imperative to avoiding hospital stays and remaining independent at home.
Philips ambulatory telehealth programs provide daily connection between post-acute caregivers and patients, combining technology and clinical process to support patients living with chronic conditions. With in-home monitoring devices, clinicians can monitor patients’ health remotely, identify symptoms and intervene early to help avoid hospital admissions and emergency department visits. We also provide educational tools to help improve patient knowledge, self-care abilities and confidence which can lead to behavioral changes that make a difference in health and quality of life.ii