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Orlando VA Medical Center

 

Mobile Device is “Worth a Thousand Words”

Dr. Leslee Davis received her iPad as part of the VA Mobile Health Provider Program, which equips VA health care providers with mobile technology to enhance the way they deliver health care to Veterans.

Dr. Leslee Davis received her iPad as part of the VA Mobile Health Provider Program, which equips VA health care providers with mobile technology to enhance the way they deliver health care to Veterans.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. For Dr. Leslee Davis, who recently received a VA-issued mobile device, that old adage certainly stands true. As both a primary care physician and as the Women’s Clinic Medial Director at the Orlando VA Medical Center (VAMC), the integration of a mobile device into her everyday clinical practice has allowed her to enhance patient education at the point of care.

“I recently used the iPad with a patient who thought she had a certain dermatological condition. I brought up the dermatology app, showed her some pictures, and thanks to the clear visual, she quickly realized that she was going to be okay. This is a great tool,” said Dr. Davis.

Dr. Davis was among the first 1,000 providers to receive a mobile device as part of the VA Mobile Health Provider Program. She received her tablet in March 2014, along with more than 250 other providers at the Orlando VAMC. For providers and health care teams involved in the program, this means easier access to the tools they need to properly treat their Veteran patients. For Veterans and their families, it means faster care and enhanced communication with their VA physicians and health care teams. VA plans to distribute up to 10,000 to up to 19 facilities across the country by the end of September 2014.

“The VA Mobile Health Provider Program is an exciting opportunity to connect Veterans, Caregivers, and VA care teams. The VA-developed apps will assist providers with improved diagnoses and treatment, while simultaneously empowering Veterans to take charge of their own health,” said Dr. Neil Evans, Co-Director of Connected Health and a primary care physician at the Washington, DC VAMC.

The program is set to roll-out in two phases. During the first phase, mobile devices include VA email, a VA App Catalog with commercial mobile health apps that have passed VA security reviews, and VPN capabilities to access information in the medical center as well as off-site. This will be followed by a second phase during which VA-developed mobile health (mHealth) apps will be loaded onto the mobile devices to allow VA providers to perform a variety of clinical activities, such as writing progress notes and entering orders.

When Dr. Davis describes how her mobile device has enabled her to provide better care, she emphasizes how quickly it allows her to convey information to her patients. She no longer has to log into a desktop computer and then go through several steps to provide a visual. Instead, with couple of simple swipes on her mobile device, she can instantly share an informative picture with her patient.

“They can see examples of their symptoms. It’s reassuring for patients, and it’s so quick for me,” Dr. Davis explains. “To be able to give patients that peace of mind is a really remarkable thing.”

About the VA Mobile Health Initiative

Building upon the successes of My HealtheVet, Blue Button, and other Connected Health initiatives, the VA Mobile Health Provider Program is transforming VA into a 21st Century organization. Providing access to mobile health technologies supports VA’s vision of a patient-centered health care delivery model, as well as underscores VA’s commitment to transform the way care is delivered and to improve health care coordination between Veterans and their care teams.

For more information about VA Mobile Health Provider Program, visit: http://mobilehealth.va.gov/providers/.

 

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