August 3rd, 2017 was a landmark occasion for both veterans and GlobalMed®. President Trump and Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, held a press conference announcing new telemedicine services for veterans in the Roosevelt Room in the White House. The announcements were news breaking for two reasons. The VA, an early adapter of telemedicine since the 1990s, is offering new transformational regulation and technologies for veterans to easily acquire healthcare. Additionally, our medical stations, the Transportable Exam Station (TES) and the ClinicalAccess® Station (CAS), were front and center in a demo by Dr. Shulkin to President Trump.
One thing is clear: GlobalMed is the leader in the telemedicine market.
VA Telemedicine Enhancements
We crowded in our conference room, waiting to see what would be announced. What transpired gives credence to 15 years of our successful achievements in telemedicine hardware and software products. Combined with the announced innovations at the VA, the result is phenomenal.
First, Dr. Shulkin announced regulation changes were being made to ease the use of telemedicine. The initiative is called “Anywhere to Anywhere, VA Healthcare.” Dr. Shulkin announced collaborative efforts with the Office of American Innovation and the Department of Justice in changing regulation that allows providers to provide telehealth services to veterans anywhere in the country. This initiative is especially crucial in treating veterans with mental health and in suicide prevention.
“So Mr. President, what we’re doing is, we are removing regulations that have prevented us from doing this,” said Dr. Shulkin. “We are removing geography as a barrier so that we can speed up access to veterans and really honor our commitment to them.”
Next, Dr. Shulkin announced two digital programs to be implemented across the VA in its mission to use telehealth:
- The first, called VA Video Connect, allows VA providers to use mobile devices to connect with veterans on their mobile devices or computers. Piloted with 300 VA providers in 67 VA hospitals, the program will now roll out nationally.
- The second program, called “Veteran’s Appointment Request,” is an app available through the VA app store. It allows veterans to schedule, change, or cancel appointments directly with VA providers. It’s available in all 18 VA regions, and already over 4,000 appointments have been booked.
Dr. Shulkin finished by saying, “We use technology in a way that is pretty incredible.”
The “Doctor’s Bag of the Future”
Dr. Shulkin walked to camera right, and there was our CAS with a TotalExam® 3 camera, and a video teleconference on display through our eNcounter® software platform. Dr. Shulkin showed President Trump a live teleconference with a VA clinic in Grant Pass, OR. A Coast Guard veteran was in the office, surrounded by medical staff. Dr. Shulkin demonstrated how a dermatological consult could be performed. One of the medical staff members used our TotalExam 3 camera and grabbed a high-quality image of a spot on the veteran’s arm.
Dr. Shulkin explained what President Trump was seeing on the CAS monitor through our eNcounter® software platform.
“As we focus in on that, you can see, Mr. President, I can take a look at that area—and if I have any concerns about it, we can send this to a specialist or we can take a look at it.”
The next phase of the presentation focused on our TES, and highlighted its role not only in the VA’s telemedicine efforts, but in its current role in the president’s care.
“This is actually the new doctor’s bag, the doctor’s bag of the future. And you may actually recognize this, ‘cause this is the doctor’s bag that travels with you when you go on Air Force One.”
Introducing President Trump’s physician, Dr. Ronnie Jackson, Dr. Shulkin emphasized that the TES would be the same equipment available to veterans that is available to the President of the United States.
“We are now able to bring this doctor’s bag into the homes of veterans; our nurse practitioners, our technicians are able to use this type of technology, now the same type of technology available to the President of the United States. And that’s the way it should be, because our veterans deserve that type of technology.”
We couldn’t agree more.
We Can Enhance YOUR Practice
Here at GlobalMed, we partner with leading medical groups, healthcare enterprises, and government agencies to create solutions that enable physicians to better manage their time and resources. Our solutions empower physicians to provide the healthcare patients deserve, when they need it. Whether you need a mobile medical station in the form of a telemedicine case such as our Transportable Exam Station in a rugged case, or our newest small-footprint mobile medical cart, we have the station that fits your practice’s needs. Our connected devices provide the clearest images, highest sound quality, and enable you to collect the critical data you need to treat your patients.
Last but not least, our eNcounter® software application is redefining the way healthcare providers streamline their clinical workflow and maintain efficiency. Remote patient monitoring with secure cloud storage and note recording capabilities makes it easy to expand to new areas in patient care. Resource management is easier than ever with eNcounter 4, which allows reallocation of available time slots, providers, and facilities so patients receive the timely care they deserve. Superbilling is a new feature in eNcounter 4, in which providers and medical billers can expedite the billing process as soon as a consultation is completed.
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