A Telehealth Education Delivery Van visited the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday to show staff and veterans advances in technology that make it easier for health care providers to offer long distance care.

Some veterans in rural areas can have follow-up appointments from home or from their closest VA clinic instead of taking long drives to the Roseburg hospital.

Technology is increasingly making such follow-ups easier. VA Video Connect allows veterans to use a smart phone or tablet for appointments. Recently, a VA patient had an iPad shipped to his home to use for follow-up visits after surgery. When providers request it, the VA can offer iPad minis to some veterans with travel difficulties and a need for frequent appointments.

About 30 people visited the TED van Tuesday. The van will be at the Eugene VA clinic Wednesday.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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