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Northport VA Medical Center

 

Care at Your Fingertips and from the Comfort of Home

Navy Veteran Bill Conrad demonstrates the Telehealth System at Northport VA Medical Center.

Navy Veteran Bill Conrad demonstrates the Telehealth System at Northport VA Medical Center.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Do you have a chronic disease such as diabetes, heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease, or mental health conditions, and are tired of frequent trips to your VA clinic or the Medical Center for assistance in managing your condition? Or are you a female Veteran who is pregnant? Northport's Telehealth Program can provide you with the coordination and support you need to successfully manage your health from home.

Through an easy-to-use device that connects to your home telephone line, you can communicate your daily results to a Telehealth care coordinator -- typically a nurse practitioner, registered nurse or social worker – who will work closely with you and your primary care providers to ensure your success.

Typically, Veterans who qualify for Telehealth may  have an elevated hemoglobin A1C, or need some extra monitoring of their blood pressure or other conditions,  have the ability to use and care for the compact, easy-to-use equipment, and communicate a strong commitment to managing their health.  

"This is another one of VA's great programs," said Navy Veteran Bill Conrad, a Telehealth user. "It is very easy to use and provides essential daily feedback. I have been recommending it to every Veteran I meet with diabetes."

If you are interested in Telehealth, and your primary care provider agrees it is right for you, training on the use of the equipment and on how to care for yourself at home will be provided. 

For more information on the Care Coordination Telehealth program, contact Louise Burns, NP, Lead Telehealth Coordinator, at (631) 261-4400, ext. 2971 or 1-877-925-5090.

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