“Telehealth is especially important for veterans who live in rural and semi-rural areas,” said Joann Houge, telehealth coordinator for the St. Cloud VA. “Virtual care allows the veteran to participate in health care directly from his or her home, and avoid a trip to the clinic.”
Virtual care methods are becoming more common throughout the health care industry, and the VA continues to find new ways to use technology to increase access to care, Houge Said.
“We want to familiarize veterans with the equipment and methods so that they are comfortable using them to help obtain their health goals,” she added.
The events are free and open to all veterans and their families.
During the events, veterans can see some of the telehealth tools in action and at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic locations in Alexandria, Brainerd, and Montevideo, veterans can also meet clinic staff and tour the facility, participate in health and hearing screenings, and apply for enrollment in VA health care.
The Mobile Audiology Clinic will also be present at the clinics to conduct hearing screenings for veterans concerned about hearing loss.
The schedule and location of the events include:
• March 7, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Max J. Beilke VA Clinic, 515 22nd Ave. E., in Alexandria
• March 12, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Brainerd VA Clinic, 722 NW 7th St., in Brainerd
• March 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Canteen at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, 4801 Veterans Dr., in St. Cloud
• March 21, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Montevideo VA Clinic, 1025 N. 13th St. in Montevideo.