VA reports 19% increase in video telehealth visits

February 11, 2019

The Department of Veterans Affairs, which already has the country’s largest telemedicine program, conducted more than 1 million video telehealth encounters last year.

The milestone—reached in fiscal year 2018—represents a 19 percent increase in video telehealth visits over the previous year, according to the VA.

Of the 2.3 million episodes of telehealth care conducted from October 2017 through September 2018, about half—1,074,400—were video telehealth encounters, which enable real-time interaction between VA care teams and veterans in a clinic or at home.

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