Maine Awarded $300,000 for Technology Improvements to Help Veterans

Sep 12, 2013 Issues: Fighting for our Veterans
Maine Awarded $300,000 for Technology Improvements to Help Veterans

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Mike Michaud, Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, praised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement that it is awarding $300,000 to the state of Maine to improve the quality of mental health and other critical health care services for veterans living in rural areas.

According to HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration, states receiving this funding will use it to enhance crisis intervention services through telehealth technologies. The agency says these services will enable health providers to coordinate care wirelessly and electronically across long distances to detect and treat post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and other injuries for rural veterans.

“This statewide initiative will help ensure that the coordination of care for veterans in Maine is more effective and complete—something that’s critical when a patient is seen by the VA as well as private providers,” said Michaud.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has three basic objectives for the funding:

  1. Use the statewide health information exchange (HIE) to improve care coordination for veterans seen by both the VA and private providers;
  2. Provide coordinated and collaborative support to VA providers for implementing HIE connection, and;
  3. Make statewide HIE records available to veterans who are accessing their medical records information.