How Telemedicine is Helping Our Veterans

Military service can be hard on a veteran, both physically and psychologically. After returning from service, many veterans are in need of health care, particularly physical therapy and psychological treatment. In 2012, approximately 500,000 veterans returning from war suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often debilitating mental disorder.

As more and more veterans are returning from military service, there is an increased need to provide health care for America’s heroes. Unfortunately, there has been a clear shortage of doctors, and the state of health care and mental health care in America appears to be in crisis. According to NPR, this need for veteran medical attention is putting a strain on the Veteran Affairs medical system. It is important that these brave men and women get the help they need.

Luckily, telemental health solutions are proving to be a great asset in treating today’s veterans. Recently, Veteran Affairs have been employing telehealth solutions, and have been demonstrating them at veteran conventions across the country.

Telemedicine employs the use of HIPAA compliant video conferencing software to remotely treat patients for a variety of medical maladies, from physical therapy to PTSD.

As far as means of treatment for veterans, telemedicine software is advantageous for many reasons. Firstly, telemedicine video conferencing enables veterans to receive remote care whenever needed. For veterans receiving physical therapy, this is especially important, as mobility may be an issue during the recovery process. In the world of psychiatry, telehealth has also been seen as an effective method of treatment. In a recent 18 month study, it was noted that more patients in telepsychiatry therapy kept their appointments as compared to in-person psychiatric appointments. Additionally, in online therapy trials, almost 75% of patients rebooked with their practitioner after six trials.

Although telehealth has been around for a while, telemedicine video conferencing solutions have seen a tremendous amount of growth in both press and usage in 2015. In 2013, telehealth technologies saw over $2 million in revenue; this number is expected to reach $1.9 billion in 2018.

According to Veteran Affairs, 6,800 veterans sought treatment through telemedicine video conferencing solutions in 2015. So far this year, 4,300 veterans have received telemedicine treatment. As telemedicine technologies increase, this number will only gp up.