Veterans Affairs Goes Hi-Tech, Launches iPad Program

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A new Veterans Affairs initiative has started to hand out 1,000 iPads to veterans’ families. The program is geared to study the benefits of using mobile technology. Veterans Affairs hopes the iPads will help caregivers and veterans coordinate with doctors.

The program is called the “Clinic-in-Hand.” It is part of the VA’s new mobile health initiative. The 1,000 families selected will be used new iPad apps designed specifically for mobile health care.

The VA’s iPad apps are “designed to increase the convenience of health care management and strengthen communication among veterans, family caregivers and clinicians,” according to VA spokeswoman Josephine Schuda.

VA intends to develop its own app store. The app store will specifically provide software related to this initiative.

Contractor District Communications Group is carrying out the iPad app development initiative. VA award this veteran-owned firm $350,000 over 12 months to carry out the implementation.

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