Much is happening in the world of VA healthcare and new, emerging technologies have a large part to play in the future provision of care to US veterans. Telehealth systems are providing realtime care to veterans across the US - something which is invaluable to those in rural areas with immediate effect. The integration of video services and healthcare records into smartphone apps provides better access for both professionals and veterans. In the coming years, the use of AI to analyze vast data and healthcare records has the potential to diagnose conditions and allow early prevention of diseases. This kind of research could prove to be vital for the health of veterans and the general public at large.
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You may know that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates a veteran takes his or her own life about once every sixty-five minutes on average. This alarming statistic highlights the stark reality of post-deployment healthcare, especially in rural areas. In the following IDGA exclusive interview, Alice Franks, speaks about the importance of rural based strategies, including community response teams, and her role as Co-Founder of the ‘National Alliance to End Veteran Suicides’.