Telemedicine at the VA
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is at the forefront of providing care to veterans through telemedicine. For the Parkinson’s community, telemedicine has the potential to be a powerful way to improve a person’s quality of life by increasing access to specialized care.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine allows patients to use technology, such as a computer and an internet connection, to receive medical care and reduce the need for travel. Because the best care can’t be found in every city and town across America, telemedicine could allow people with Parkinson’s to access specialists, such as a neurologist or movement disorder specialist, without leaving their local community or home.
PAN supports H.R. 2001, the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2013.
This proposed legislation would remove current state licensure barriers to the practice of telemedicine within the VA, and would allow veterans to receive health care in their homes, regardless of their location.
What Can You Do?
You can help ensure veterans have access to the specialized care they need by contacting your Representative about the VETS Act! Take action.
Want to learn more?
Here are a few links to learn more about telemedicine and Parkinson’s:
- Take Action
- Affordable Care Act
- Congressional Caucus
- Data Collection on PD
- Department of Defense
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Institutes of Health
- Social Security Disability
- Veterans Affairs
- Other Initiatives