Trump pro­motes tech to im­prove health care

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Darlene Superville

WASH­ING­TON» Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced new ef­forts Thurs­day to use tech­nol­ogy to im­prove vet­er­ans’ health care, say­ing the pro­grams will ex­pand ac­cess greatly, es­pe­cially for men­tal health care and sui­cide pre­ven­tion. Vet­er­ans liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas also will ben­e­fit, he said.

Ini­tia­tives in­clude us­ing video tech­nol­ogy and di­ag­nos­tic tools to con­duct med­i­cal ex­ams. Vet­er­ans also will be able to use mo­bile de­vices to make and man­age ap­point­ments with Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion doc­tors.

“We call it ‘any­where to any­where’ VA health care,” VA Sec­re­tary David Shulkin said. Shulkin said the goal is bet­ter health care for vet­er­ans wher­ever they are. He said ex­ist­ing “tele­health” pro­grams pro­vided care to more than 700,000 vet­er­ans last year.

A med­i­cal doc­tor, Shulkin wore his white coat to the White House an­nounce­ment, dur­ing which he demon­strated the tech­nolo­gies for Trump.

Trump said, “This will sig­nif­i­cantly ex­pand ac­cess to care for our vet­er­ans, es­pe­cially for those who need help in the area of men­tal health, which is a big­ger and big­ger re­quest, and also in sui­cide pre­ven­tion. It will make a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence for the vet­er­ans in ru­ral lo­ca­tions in par­tic­u­lar.”

A reg­u­la­tion will need to be is­sued for these ser­vices to be pro­vided any­where in the coun­try.

Shulkin was the VA’s un­der­sec­re­tary for health in the fi­nal years of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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