Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today joined local veterans, Blythe Mayor Joseph "Joey" DeConinck and representatives from the Loma Linda Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center at the launch of the new Coordinated Telehealth clinic in Blythe. By establishing an electronic link between veterans and clinicians at the hospital, this innovative program will help ensure that the medical needs of Blythe veterans are more quickly and readily met.
"With this new technology, Blythe veterans will now have access to more health care services without having to drive hours to the nearest VA facility," said Bono Mack. "This new program will greatly benefit our community and help those who have bravely served in the armed forces get the care that they need close to home."
After receiving outreach from local veterans about the need to have better access to health care services in the community Bono Mack worked with the Lima Linda VA Medical Center on finding solutions that would help address the problem.
According to the VA, the Coordinated Telehealth clinic uses modern devices and communication networks to provide clinical care and patient education when the patient and provider are in separate locations. These technologies help clinicians make diagnoses, manage disease, perform check-ups and provide care.