VA healthcare apps
The VA apps will be called Summary of Care and Blue Button. They'll give patients easy access to electronic healthcare information right on their smartphones. The Blue Button app will also let vets create a PDF to share with all of their doctors.
But, these apps are only the beginning. The VA is actually developing a much larger mobile project to bring veterans' healthcare into the 21st century.
The two apps will be the first to be housed in the VA's upcoming app store, a $9.3-million project due to be completed this fall. The app store will support apps across several platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry.
The VA is responding to the veteran population, which is using technology more and more to stay on top of their healthcare. VA estimates show that 25% of vets with diabetes already use blood sugar tracking apps. It would be a logical step to allow those apps to connect with the VA's systems. Hopefully, the VA has a good team developing this technology - we don't want another healthcare.gov debacle!