U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs & T-Mobile Make Telehealth More Accessible to Veterans

At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Anywhere to Anywhere, Together Telehealth Summit today, Secretary Robert Wilkie announced a partnership with T-Mobile giving all T-Mobile and Metro customers with data plans unlimited access to VAVideo Connect (VVC)without using their high-speed data. Video Connect is the VA’s tele health app for streaming live video sessions between patients and health care providers.Now, T-Mobile and Metro customers can access their health care without using up their data bucket.

“These types of events will help accelerate our shared journey to fully integrated, seamless access to healthcare no matter where a Veteran resides,” said VASecretary Robert Wilkie. “Indeed, from anywhere to anywhere. We thank our industry and community partners for their commitment to improving Veterans’ health care.”

“Tele health his such an incredible example of mobile technology being used to improve the quality of people’s lives,” said Mike Katz, Executive Vice President ofT-Mobile for Business. “We’re honored to help take down another barrier facing our nation’s veterans by making healthcare more accessible through VA VideoConnect. Being able to make this invaluable service unlimited for all of ourT-Mobile and Metro customers is the latest way we’re showing our commitment to those who served.”

VAVideo Connect uses smartphone or tablet cameras to let veterans talk and interact with their VA care team over a live, encrypted video stream. AccessingVA Video Connect is easy. For iOS devices, VA Video Connect is available at the Apple AppStore. For all other devices, a tele health session launches automatically after the emailed session link is selected.

TheUn-carrier’s commitment to active duty military and veterans goes deep. InApril this year, the company introduced T-Mobile ONE Military, offering veterans and their families the biggest discount ever from T-Mobile and the biggest discount in wireless – half off family lines. At the same time,T-Mobile pledged to hire 10,000 more veterans and their spouses in the next five years and funded FourBlock’s efforts to launch its career readiness program, FourBlockOnline, completely free to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. In addition, T-Mobile has donated and raised awareness for Team Rubicon’s veteran-led initiatives to help communities across America come back after natural disasters; and last but not least, T-Mobile has committed to invest over half a billion dollars to enhance coverage and capacity in communities located near U.S. military bases, laying the foundation for 5G.  

 

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