The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has reportedly brought a new telehealth program that will assist remote and rural veterans in need of care management for type 2 diabetes. For this effort, the federal agency has collaborated with a San Francisco-based connected health platforms developer, Virta Health, to make its Virta Treatment service easy to get to veterans living with the chronic disease. According to the report, a number of 400 veterans will initially be enrolled in a pilot program to study whether the virtual care platform can aid them in advancing outcomes, lessening healthcare costs and potentially reverse their type 2 diabetes diagnoses.
In a statement, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie stated that “Partnering with community providers facilitates a more comprehensive approach to care.” According to him, “Many Veterans have type 2 diabetes and it is strongly linked to obesity, so we are excited to explore Virta Health’s approach to tackling this debilitating and costly condition.” Keeping the same line concerning this program, Virta Health’s Co-founder and CEO Sami Inkinen noted that “This partnership underscores VA’s commitment to pursuing creative approaches that can make transformational improvements in Veterans’ health.” He further added that “Our treatment outcomes and virtual care delivery model accessible to Veterans in all 50 U.S. states complement existing VA services, creating the exciting possibility to bring renewed health to the millions of Veterans living with type 2 diabetes.”
A statement from the Veteran Affairs clarifies that one in four veterans is living with diabetes, which is much higher than the 9 percent of the American public diagnosed with the disease. The disease can lead to a myriad of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, vision damage and nerve damage leading to amputation. The newly introduced program by VA is the latest move in a growing portfolio of mHealth and Telehealth services. The program is aimed at boosting access to care for the estimated 18.2 million veterans in the U.S., wherein most of them are living in remote and rural areas with having accessing healthcare issues.