September 9, 2014
This fall, the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to release new mobile health applications aimed at helping veterans access and manage their health records, FierceMobileHealthcare reports (Mottl,FierceMobileHealthcare, 9/4).
Mobile App Details
Neil Evans -- co-director of Connected Health at VA's Veterans Health Administration -- said the two mobile applications will be versions of desktop applications currently available via a VA health portal, called My MyHealtheVet (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 9/9).
The soon-to-be-released apps are:
The Blue Button initiative first launched in August 2010 as a way for veterans to download their health care claims data from the Department of Veterans Affairs' MyHealtheVet website (iHealthBeat, 1/20/12).
Evans said VA has several other mobile apps that it plans to release to veterans over the next few years (Federal News Radio, 9/3).
Some of those apps could include:
Evans said, "We've learned from our experience that MyHealtheVet patients value seeing their personal health data." He added, "We've also learned that they value it on mobile device through our family caregiver pilot, so it seemed a logical next step to deliver that experience nationally to veterans."
VA To Launch App Store
Evans also said that VA plans to launch an app store this fall that will house all of the new mobile apps (Federal News Radio, 9/3).
In 2012, VA awarded a $9.3 million contract to Longview International Technology Solutions to develop the store and create a mobile device management system (MobiHealthNews, 9/9).
The store will support apps available on various operating platforms, including:
- Physical Well-Being