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Virtual Health Clinical Integration Office

The Virtual Health Clinical Integration Office provides functional leadership, planning, and clinical guidance for Military Health System enterprise virtual health (telehealth) efforts.

VH CLIO works closely with the Virtual Medical Center and the virtual health programs across the military services, markets and at major military treatment facilities worldwide to enable quality, consistent delivery of virtual health care to military service members, retirees, and their families.

What is Virtual Health?

Virtual health, telehealth, and telemedicine all mean the same thing. These terms describe a patient using technology (computer, smartphone, or tablet, for example) to access their health care.

 

MHS virtual health providerVirtual Health Resources for Providers

Military Health System virtual health solutions are secure, compliant, and clinically valuable tools for providers at military treatment facilities to incorporate into their care. 

As a provider in a MTF, the Virtual Medical Center serves as a resource for information on how to incorporate virtual health technology into practice. To get started, visit the VMC SharePoint Site.

Virtual Health Provider Frequently Asked Questions

MHS provider engaged in a virtual health care encounterVirtual Health Resources for Beneficiaries

Virtual health is a safe, convenient, and effective way to access the Military Health System. Patients can engage with their care team from the comfort of their own home.

The MHS has been expanding its virtual health capabilities. Contact your provider to learn about virtual health options available to you at your military treatment facility.

Virtual Health Patient Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers about telehealth

Q1:

What is telehealth?

A:

Telehealth is the use of telecommunications and information technologies to provide health assessment, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, education, and health-related information across distances.

Q2:

What technologies are used to deliver telehealth?

A:

Technologies include videoconferencing, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, the internet, remote patient monitoring, and terrestrial and wireless communications.

Q3:

Why does the MHS use the term "virtual health"?

A:

In the MHS, the terms “virtual health”, “virtual medicine”, “telehealth”, and “telemedicine” all mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably. Most recent MHS planning documents use the term "virtual health."

Q4:

Is "telebehavioral health" different than "telehealth for behavioral health"?

A:

In some cases, telehealth tools are used to support a particular clinical area, in which case, the term used often references the clinical area. Examples include: Telebehavioral health (aka telemental health, tele-psychiatry, and tele-psychology); tele-radiology; tele-cardiology; tele-ICU, and so on.

Q5:

Is "connected health" the same thing as "telehealth"?

A:

Connected health is a broader term that encompasses telehealth/virtual health technologies, as well as patient-focused mobile health (mHealth) technologies such as mobile apps and websites accessible by mobile devices.

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