The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that they are launching a new telehealth program for veteran that have type 2 diabetes.
The VA announced their partnership with Virta Health to make the service Virta Treatment available to veterans living with type 2.
Roughly 400 veterans will be enrolled in the pilot program to test the virtual care platform. The intention of the new program is to help veterans that live in rural or remote areas access the care they need. The pilot program will show whether it can help improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
The program partners with the community so they can provide a more comprehensive approach. The goal is for Virta Health’s approach tackling diabetes to help maintain or reverse the chronic condition and minimize the cost.
Semi Inkinen, Virta Health’s co-founder and CEO, said, “This partnership underscores VA’s commitment to pursuing creative approaches that can make transformational improvements in Veterans’ health.”
The treatment outcomes of the virtual care program is accessible for veterans in all 50 states. The new program is in addition to existing VA services that are already in place.
Veterans and diabetes
One in four veterans are living with diabetes. The rate is significantly higher than the nine 9 percent of Americans that are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to a variety of other health issues if not kept in check. Some of which are vision damage, nerve damage, kidney damage, and more.
This VA telehealth program is just the newest addition to many telehealth and mHealth services available through the VA. The goal is to increase the access to care for veterans and these programs have helped an estimated 18.2 million veterans in the U.S. so far.