VA Launches CareGiver Pilot Program, Giving 1000 iPads to Families of Veterans–IT Infrastructure Innovation Work In Progre
Posted Jul 17 2013 3:02pm
This looks interesting and is obviously developed to provide better care and of course information. The big question with using a pilot is to find out “will they use it”. We see a lot of that with the over loaded medial apps we have out there today. A group of 4 different software companies were use to create the dashboard and app, one from the financial sector contributed which outsources a some of their development to India. You can also visit the VA site and find out more about it.
Soon you will also be able to make online appointments with the VA and this too is in pilot mode with the mobile apps. The CareGiver program is there to help the families of Veterans who have major health issues. Here’s a video on how the appointments will work. Video visits and telephone visits are also going to be accessible. Additional videos on “how to” are located here at the VA site.
Time will tell if this works and it’s too bad the VA gets beat up all the time with the DOD medical record integration as you do have to take in additional services and computer code of pilots like this into the over all process and again as mentioned above with the LHI division of United, having to get the records from private doctors under contract with and have them placed in the VA medical records so the VA doctors can see what is done outside their facilities.
It’s not as simple as many of those on the Hill seem to think with demanding deadlines to be met as scheduled “short order code kitchen burned down a few years ago”. Here’s a few back links below on that topic and is it any wonder these 2 key executives (VA CTO and CIO) earlier this year held up the white flat and left? They have a lot of IT infrastructure updates and innovation coming from all different directions not to mention the complexities of dealing with commercial health insurers as well. BD
“There are three things that we’re looking at in the pilot,” said Kathleen Frisbee, Director of Web and Mobile Solutions in the Veterans Health Administration. ”The first is the impact of the iPads on caregivers’ stress and burden. We’re looking at the historical stress and burden scores we collect through our home visits on those that have the iPad versus those that don’t. The second is looking at caregiver preparedness and trying to understand the impact iPads can have on that. And finally we’re looking at the characteristics of caregivers that predict use of the iPad. It’s trying to understand the audience, what made people use it versus why they didn’t use it.”