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Roseburg VA patients connecting with physicians through video chat

Staff said they will loan a tablet to the patient for free if they don’t have the right technology.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 5:17 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg VA Hospital is making it easier for patients to access health care from the comfort of their own homes.

Hospital staff said they introduced VA Video Connect to patients in 2019.

It’s a way for veterans to attend doctor’s appointments by video calling their physicians.

Any veteran with an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone can connect with doctors anywhere or anytime.

Staff said they will loan a tablet to the patient for free if they don’t have the right technology.

Staff said VA Video Connect is an expansion of their Telehealth program, which is a way for patients to virtually attend appointments from VA clinics in small communities.

Atticus Lamoreaux, who is the facility Telehealth coordinator for the Roseburg VA, said Telehealth is important for rural areas because of it gives those who live hours away from a VA hospital access to physicians without traveling.

“Once veterans are trying this, they see the ease of use,” said Lamoreaux. “And as I said with VA Video Connect, they’re actually liking not having to leave the comfort of their own home.”

Lamoreaux said physicians have hosted more than 10,000 telehealth appointments in the last year.

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