Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walmart announced an innovative collaboration to offer VA-led telehealth services to reach underserved Veterans. The pilot will kick off in targeted locations that consider the number of Veterans and the health resources offered. The final locations selected will be announced at a later date. The collaboration includes donated space and operational support by Walmart for VA-led telehealth services.
The announcement was made today at the Anywhere to Anywhere, Together Summit hosted by the VAs Center for Strategic Partnerships and the VHA Office of Connected Care. The forum brought together the Nations leading industry, government and non-profit thought leaders to discuss innovative solutions that will increase access to telehealth and virtual care for Veterans. VA leads the nation in Telemedicine with 900,000 visits last year and is focused on extending access to best-in-class care for Veterans through this platform.
These types of events will help accelerate our shared journey to fully integrated, seamless access to healthcare no matter where a Veteran resides, said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. Indeed, from anywhere to anywhere. We thank our industry and community partners for their commitment to improving Veterans health care.
Walmart is working to leverage its existing strength in health and wellness to make an even bigger impact in the future, having served pharmacy customers for 40 years with a history of launching products and programs that have transformed the industry.
Walmart is proud to collaborate with VA to bring telehealth service to Veterans that are having difficulty accessing services, said Marcus Osborne, Vice President of Health and Wellness Transformation at Walmart. The opportunity to work with VA to expand its ability to serve Veterans through technology is an important way that Walmart can continue to show its commitment to Veterans and deliver on our promise of providing Americans with more affordable health care.
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