VA, HHS Team Up On Telehealth

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | September 13, 2012

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki have announced a joint effort to expand care delivery to veterans living in rural areas.

Through this new initiative, supported by $983,100 in grants, the two agencies will promote collaboration between VA facilities, and private hospitals and clinics, seeking to improve access and coordination of care through telehealth and health information exchanges in rural areas.

“The Obama administration is committed to doing all that we can to provide rural veterans the care they need closer to home,” said Sebelius. “As more combat veterans return home, HHS and VA are partnering to provide vital health care and treatment to reduce the distance some veterans have to travel.”