ATLAS

Health knows no bounds.

Virtual care,
anywhere, 
for veterans

challenge

Challenge

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides healthcare to nearly 9 million veterans, one-third of whom live in rural areas. Providing care to rural veterans presents real delivery challenges. Geographic and digital divides can make it even harder for veterans to get the care they need.

To solve these challenges, Philips has partnered with VA, The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to provide the equipment for virtual clinics within VFW and American Legion posts throughout the United States.
VA Connected Care

Solution

Department of Veterans Affairs Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations (ATLAS) brings care to veterans where and when they need it most. This will allow veterans to be examined at their local post through virtual appointments with medical professionals across the nation - saving veterans endless highway hours and travel expenses.

The goal of this program? Make healthcare more accessible and affordable for our nation’s veterans.
project atlas cocreate session

ATLAS Cocreate sessions

To better understand the challenges rural veterans face, Philips, the Department of Veterans Affairs, VFW and The American Legion didn’t just create ideas for veterans, we partnered with them to create custom solutions that work. This is ATLAS. We’re enabling healthcare access in remote areas across the US so that all veterans can get the care they deserve.

 

Take a look at this video with veterans in Pennsylvania, California, and Montana, where we worked together to understand their healthcare challenges.

Virtual care station

Virtual care station

Community-based telehealth

 

Philips Virtual Care Station, inspired by the VA’s ATLAS program, is a community-based telehealth solution designed to expand access to high-quality care by connecting patients and providers remotely through a secure, clinical-grade environment.

Roadmap to telehealth

ATLAS will use Philips remote patient monitoring solutions including WiFi-enabled electronic scales, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers and pulse oximeters – all linked to a secure, high-speed internet connection. In these virtual care stations, veterans will have the ability to check in with their regular VA clinicians, even from afar.

A stronger healthcare system is a stronger America

The path forward for a stronger pandemic response

Veteran and military family healthcare by the numbers

1000 percent

>1,000%

increase in video visits from March to June of 2020. The VA also experienced an exponential increase in demand for telehealth appointments.4

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18 million+ people

cared for by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Health System1, making these two of the nation’s largest and most complex health systems2

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9 million veterans

enrolled in the VA Health Care system, including 3 million living in rural areas3

We are on the cusp of the most transformative period in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Virtual care is the future of medicine. It is our most powerful emerging tool." 
5


Robert Wilkie

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Learn more about telehealth and veteran care

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Caring for our veterans
 
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Military and Veteran Caregiver Journey Experience Map
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Sources:
1. Veterans Health Administration. About VHA. https://www.va.gov/health/aboutvha.asp

2. Military Health System. Beneficiary Population Statistics. https://www.health.mil/I-Am-A/Media/Media-Center/Patient-Population-Statistics
3. VA Office of Rural Health. Rural Veterans. https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/aboutus/ruralvets.asp

4. Statement of Jennifer MacDonald, M.D. to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs June 23, 2020 https://docs.house.gov/meetings/VR/VR11/20200623/110818/HHRG-116-VR11-Wstate-MacDonaldJ-20200623.pdf

5. VAntage Point blog https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/55049/va-telehealth/