Walmart, VA Collaborate in New Partnership, Offer Telehealth Services

December 28, 2018

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and Walmart have recently announced a new collaboration that offers VA-led telehealth services to reach underserved veterans.

According to a Walmart press release, the pilot program will begin in targeted locations that consider the number of veterans and the health resources offered, and the final locations selected will be announced at a later date.

“Walmart is proud to collaborate with VA to bring telehealth service to Veterans that are having difficulty accessing services,” Marcus Osborne, vice president of Health and Wellness Transformation at Walmart said in a statement.  “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.”

Currently, the VA leads the nation in telemedicine. The VA provided 900,000 telemedicine visits last year and is consistently focused on extending access to best-in-class care for veterans through this platform. Walmart is also working to leverage its existing strength in health and wellness to make a bigger impact in the future.

“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.”

Julie Gould

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