The ATLAS program will make virtual care accessible to veterans in rural areas via telehealth-enabled healthcare pods built in existing VFW and Legion sites
EATONTOWN, N.J., Nov. 11, 2019 – Caregility, a clinical collaboration and communications company changing the point of care, today announced the company’s involvement in the ATLAS pilot project, an initiative to bring virtual care offerings from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to veterans in targeted rural areas.
ATLAS, which stands for Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations, is a collaboration between the VA, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), The American Legion and Philips, a leading health technology company, with support from additional healthcare vendors including Caregility, CareLink and Steelcase. Philips partnered with Steelcase to design, build and donate 8×8 enclosure rooms called pods to be placed on location at VFW halls and Legion posts. The healthcare pods offer veterans the convenience of consulting with their VA clinicians in a space closer to home as opposed to traveling to the nearest VA facility, which may be hours away. Using telehealth technology and equipment donated by Philips and Caregility combined with HIPAA-trained attendants provided by CareLink, the pods improve access to care for veterans in underserved areas where there are limited healthcare providers.
“Telehealth is vital to overcoming geographic barriers and increasing veteran access to care,” said Caregility president and COO Mike Brandofino. “The ATLAS program builds upon telehealth expansion efforts initiated by the VA MISSION Act, bringing more convenient options to our veterans and their families. Caregility is honored to be a part of those efforts in partnership with other companies that Dare to Care.”
An inaugural ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at VFW Post 6786 in Eureka, Montana, the first VA ATLAS site. Additional installations are planned for VFW and Legion sites in Linesville, Pennsylvania; Los Banos, California; and Springfield, Virginia.
To learn more about VA services offered at ATLAS locations, visit www.connectedcare.va.gov. Learn more about Caregility’s audio and video telehealth platform offerings at www.caregility.com.
Caregility is focused on enabling the fastest path of care for patients to connect with the right care giver and treatment plan. Leveraging its eight years of experience in clinical environments, Caregility’s core offering, the Caregility Platform, is a purpose-built ecosystem for the entire healthcare continuum, connecting clinicians with patients anywhere–inpatient, outpatient, or in their homes, with the tools to remotely provide timely and effective care. The Platform provides secure, reliable two-way audio and video communication designed for any device and clinical workflow, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Today, Caregility supports 6,500 access points of care systems across the US. From ambulatory/acute/ICU/post-acute care settings to virtual care operation centers to patients in the home, Caregility is helping transform patient care delivery. For more information, visit www.caregility.com. Follow Caregility on Twitter: @caregility.