VA releases report detailing efforts to address COVID-19 pandemic

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WASHINGTON-USA — The Department of Veterans Affairs has released a second installment report describing the department’s strategic response from 1 July 2020 to 1 January 2021 to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

The results are a continuation of the VA’s commitment to share best practices and lessons learned with other government agencies and the private health system as the country continues to fight COVID-19.

Annex A of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease Response Report concludes that overall, the VA aligns responsibilities, communicates with stakeholders, and uses an operational concept that generates an effective response to support Veterans and communities of the entire country.

“We created this document so that medical professionals can learn from our virus-fighting efforts,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Health Richard Stone, M.D.

The report cites conclusions, findings and recommendations across several categories, including:

  • Planning.
  • National and interagency coordination.
  • Emergency management and readiness.
  • Data and analytics.
  • Capacity, supply chain and testing.
  • Cinical operations.
  • Research and outlook moving forward.  

To continue responding to the changing needs of the pandemic, VA moved many appointments to telehealth meetings to keep Veterans and employees safe. There has been a monthly average of 745,545 video encounters resulting in a 604% increase in home or offsite telehealth visits from the same period in 2019. (continue reading)

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