iPads being used in pilot program to assist in home care for wounded veterans

iPads being used in pilot program to assist in home care for wounded veterans
A pilot project being implemented by the US Department of Veterans Affairs will loan over 1,000 iPads to home-based caregivers that assist veterans that have been severely injured.

The program will assist the caregivers in improving communication of health and patient reports, which is currently done either via the telephone or manually during patient visits to a doctor’s office or VA medical center.

The iPads are loaded with 9 custom build applications which the caregivers use to report and update information which are incorporated into a larger patient profile. Information from pain management, prescriptions refills and other health assessments will be tracked.

The majority of caregivers to a severely wounded veteran are members of that veteran’s family. The 1,120 families that volunteered for this pilot will be receiving their iPads this week and the program will start in May.

Obviously a number of challenges were confronted with the preparation for this program, most importantly, security of patient data. There were also legal issues that had to be accounted for as well, ensuring that caregivers were authorized as legal representatives of the respective veteran.

Apple’s iPad was chosen because of the convenience of a single-platform versus potentially dealing with multiple OEMs on Android. The VA will have a plan for Android in the future however and hopefully the program itself will grow to a point where it is platform agnostic.

Severely injured veterans have long-term ongoing care issues often associated with severe traumatic brain or spinal injuries or multiple amputations. As this pilot program is evaluated, the VA would like to expand it to not only all severely wounded veterans and their families, but hopefully any wounded veteran that could utilize this streamlined method of managing their patient profile with the VA. That means as many as 6 million veterans in the VA health care system may be able to use these applications.

via: CITE World



1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Apple’s iPad was chosen because of the convenience of a single-platform versus potentially dealing with multiple OEMs on Android." I'm sure that it is not the real reason.

4. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Before the comments really get going, read this: Stop before you start. Regardless of the platform, this is a wonderful pilot program for men and women who fought bravely for your freedom to disagree with this post (or Apple, or a laundry list of non-Android things) and for PhoneArena's ability to freely post this on the internet. I would hardly think that someone who took a bullet or IED for you is going to cry out in outrage that they were presented with an iOS device for rehabilitation. Please show some respect for these men and women who were fortunate to come home with their lives from the battlefield. Just remember; if you really want to continue complaining about the VA's choice of device/os/manufacture, NASA launched an Android-powered satellite into space.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

First of all I'm not from U.S.A. so they didn't took any bullet or IED for me, nor was fighting for my freedom... Look around, there is much more countries in this world than only U.S.A. and not all PhoneArena.com readers are from U.S.A. Second, I wasn't giving any comments about this program, I wasn't talking disrespectfully about veterans or U.S.A., I was STRICTLY TALKING ABOUT TABLETS CHOICE! So please, when next time you will want to trash someone's comment, use your own advice and do not use national grievances as a tool to trash someone's comment because manipulate with such things is deplorable step! Shame!

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012


Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

Simplicity what Cures, not complexity for the Sick. They don't have time navigating with Multiple OEMs to Cure the SICK. I know what I'm talking about, my Family is the Medical Fields.

6. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Androids are used in space. Next............

7. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Well, old people love their Apple.

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