For many veterans, spiritual care is an important part of their total care, and difficulties traveling to a VA Medical Center for pastoral and religious providers can become a problem. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has come up with a solution — telechaplaincy. Clinical Videoconferencing Telehealth (CVT) technology allows the VA chaplain to minister spiritual and pastoral care to the veteran from a remote location. This involves the veteran traveling to a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and using the telehealth equipment to speak with a chaplain. One VA health care center recently went one step further and now veterans can receive spiritual care from their homes using CVT tablets. The tablets are easy to use and are provided by VA. The tablet works like a cell phone; it receives an incoming call from your provider during your scheduled appointment time. For more information, visit the VA VAntage Point Blog.
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