April 17, 2012 in Technology
By Taylor Sisk, NorthCarolinaHealthNews.org 3/19/2012With new technology, more health care services can be provided remotely. The Department of Veterans Affairs is jumping on the trend.
Charles Alligood sat in the locker room of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Greenville listening to a recorded male voice deliver a short exposition on the carrot – that it’s a reddish-yellow root vegetable with several thin leaves on a long stem, belongs to the parsley family, is grown all over the world – most of which he probably already knew and/or couldn’t care less about.
But Alligood, 67, didn’t drive 20-odd miles from his home in Washington for a horticulture lesson. The room where he sat has been fashioned into an audiology lab, and Alligood came to be fitted for hearing aids, focusing his attention on the narrator’s voice.
Last November, the Durham VA Medical Center (VAMC) was selected as one of 10 VA centers to participate in a pilot project that allows veterans to have their hearing aids remotely programmed and fine-tuned. Read more . . . →