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Bridging the Digital Divide for Veterans

Dec 01, 2021

11:45 AM - 12:10 PM

Leonie Heyworth, MD, MPH

Director of Synchronous Telehealth, Office of Connected Care, Veterans Health Administration

Department of Veterans Affairs

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, access to care – and specifically telehealth care – has been more important than ever before. But the digital divide, i.e. the lack of broadband internet access and/or internet connected devices, especially in rural areas of the country, is a significant barrier for Veterans looking to access these services. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Connected Care has implemented a variety of initiatives to increase Veterans’ access to telehealth services and the technology and/or infrastructure to access these services.