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Monday, July 14 2008

Even though the world news continues to report real estate foreclosures and a slow economy, Greenbrier County continues to show growth. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced they will be building a new community-based outpatient clinic in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The clinic is scheduled to be activated in the next 15 months.

This will be great for our community concerning new jobs and the service they will provide locally to our veterans.

Plans for 44 new VA clinics include IT to boost access to care
Healthcare IT News
By Molly Merrill, Associate Editor
06/27/08

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Thursday that it has plans to create 44 new community-based outpatient clinics in 21 states in order to bring more care to veterans. As part of this effort VA officials said some clinics will feature telehealth systems.

The clinics will be linked by a national health records systems to help veterans in remote areas receive access to VA facilities and practitioners across the country.

The new clinics are scheduled to be activated over the next 15 months and will increase the VA's network of independent and community-based clinics to 782.

VA officials say this increase in community-based clinics is helping it to provide prompt, quality care service to veterans, with 98 percent of veterans seen within 30 days in all types of VA primary care facilities throughout the country.

The telehealth systems that are frequently featured in the VA's outpatient clinics allow veterans to maintain regular contact with doctors in specialties from cardiac care to mental health at regional VA hospitals linked for video consultations, coupled with telemetry of health data or images.

The planned sites for the VA's new outpatient clinics are:
• Alabama (2) - Marshall County, Wiregrass
• Alaska - Matanuska-Susitna Borough area
• Arkansas (2) - Ozark, White County
• California - East Bay-Alameda County area
• Florida -- Summerfield
• Georgia (4) - Baldwin County, Coweta County, Glynn County, Liberty County
• Indiana (2) - Miami County, Morgan County
• Iowa -- Wapello County
• Louisiana (5) - Lake Charles, Leesville, Natchitoches, St. Mary Parish, Washington Parish
• Maine - Lewiston-Auburn area
• Minnesota (2) - Douglas County, Northwest Metro
• Missouri - Franklin County
• New Mexico - Rio Rancho
• North Carolina (2) - Robeson County, Rutherford County
• North Dakota - Grand Forks County
• Ohio - Gallia County
• Oklahoma (4) - Altus, Craig County, Enid, Jay
• Tennessee (3) - Giles County, Maury County, McMinn County
• Texas (5) - Katy, Lake Jackson, Richmond, Tomball, El Paso County
• Virginia (3) - Augusta County, Emporia, Wytheville
• West Virginia - Greenbrier County

What do you think of the use of telehealth as a resource to provide veterans with better care? Do you think it provides the same quality of care? E-mail Associate Editor Molly Merrill at molly.merrill@medtechpublishing.com.

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