VA releases free mobile app to streamline health care access for Veterans and caregivers

Schedule appointments online, lose weight, quit smoking, download VA health records


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VA Launchpad for Veterans is a new mobile app that simplifies and organizes several existing tools and resources into one convenient location to help manage health care needs.

“VA has developed dozens of apps for Veterans to take charge of their health care,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA Launchpad makes it easier to have these important tools available at your fingertips.”

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VA Launchpad arranges all of VA’s apps into five categories for Veterans: health management, health care team communication, vital health information sharing, mental health improvement, and quality of life improvement. Some of the apps include:

  • VA Launchpad

    The VA Launchpad connects all VA apps into a single login environment.

    Airborne Hazards and Open burn Pit Registry

  • Annie App for Veterans (set up reminders for self-care and health tracking)
  • My VA Health Journal (track and record military and health history)
  • Pressure Ulcer Resource (resources to help prevent ulcer injuries)
  • Summary of Care (access your official medical record)
  • VA Online Scheduling (if you are already enrolled, you can schedule primary care appointments)
  • NetResponse Mobile (answer health questions and update with biometric inputs)
  • Secure Messaging (ask your VA care team non-urgent personal health questions)
  • VA Health Chat (ask VA staff minor health questions)
  • VA Video Connect (connect with your health care team from anywhere)
  • MobileKidney (track and enter kidney health information)
  • REVAMP (Connect with positive airway pressure machine)
  • ACT Coach (works with mental health professional during acceptance and commitment therapy)
  • Anger and Irritability Management Skills
  • CBT-i Coach (Get the most out of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia)
  • Concussion Coach (support for physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms related to traumatic brain injury)
  • PE Coach (for therapy with a prolonged exposure therapy health professional)
  • PTSD Coach (for those who, or may have, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD))
  • PTSD Family Coach (for family members of those living with PTSD)
  • MOVE! Coach (weight loss app for Veterans, service members and their families)
  • Stay Quit Coach (resources and tools to help with quitting smoking)

The new app enables Veterans to access all the features with a single secure login.

The mobile app also includes many mental health care and personal improvement tools for individuals who are not enrolled in VA health care services. These tools are free and do not require secure logins to use.

VA Launchpad for Veterans is available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. To access VA’s secure apps within VA Launchpad, users must be a VA patient and have one of the following accounts: Premium My HealtheVet, DS Logon Level 2 (Premium) or ID.me.

Author

Tim Hudak

  joined the VA in December 2013 and is on the Veterans Experience Office team. Tim, a Chicago-land native enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. As an intelligence analyst he deployed to Al Anbar province, Iraq with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 in 2006 and 2008. After the Marine Corps, Tim used the GI Bill to earn a degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., and co-founded the university’s first student Veteran organization. Tim is active in many Veteran organizations.

Comments

  1. Robin Edwards    

    I drove 50 miles r/t for a scheduled telehealth MH appt. which is how it’s been provided for over a year. To be told, yes it’s telehealth but on your phone, you need to download the app. I told them I received a phone call reminding me of my appointment, not automated, a real person. There’s no internet connection in our clinic, so I run outside to download the app. But it doesn’t tell you how to use it. Go back inside and tell them I was able to get the app, now what? I was told by the clerks “we’re not sure.” I asked for them to do it in the room set up for telehealth. Then I get an email with a code, So back outside I go, to open the app and put in the code. The app now also wants me to enter my user id and password. Back inside again to tell the clerks. She said we’ll try to call the doctor and see if he can do your appointment over the phone. I was already struggling with MH issues and really needed to be seen. The whole situation almost pushed me over the edge, I was already angry and loud in the waiting room getting ready throw something….this app is garbage

  2. Christie McCoy    

    I live in in a rural area, although we do have a clinic there are several things I need that they are not equipped to handle. They want to send me 4 hours away to a VA hospital. I thought Mission program was suppose to fix this situation. Although there are Drs and facilities in my area I’m told they’re not contracted providers. How is this fixing anything? Imagine going on a 4 hour car ride for a colonoscopy, if you’ve ever had one, you would know this is impossible. Another failed attempt!

  3. Ken Bell    

    How many apps are there? Which ones are “official?” Why do we need multiple apps?

  4. Edward Daly    

    It would be nice to have access to the staff that operates the new community care program. I have been waiting thre months for an approval for my CONTINUED local care. I have contacted them four times with no success in approval for my care that was started and never finished because of this new program. ANGRY! DAMN RIGHT!.

  5. Jon Macaskill    

    Yikes. Won’t be downloading this app … look at the reviews. Do better!

  6. William R. Connell    

    Can I also download this app on my lap top?

  7. Jim    

    Since I am right at 82yo and have forgotten pretty much how to use my smart fone. But I’m definatly interested in a scuba class. My problem is I live in very small town in Montana. Is there any classes such as this that I can get into? Thank you so much. Jim

  8. Ralph Anthony    

    From the reviews looks like this app is not getting rave reviews,sounds like the VA still doesn’t have their act together. All your doing is hurting the veterans even more by making things more complicated. Come on you are better than this!!!!!!

  9. Robert Macken    

    This is nice, but why can’t all of this functionality be built into this single app instead of forcing me to download many separate apps?

  10. Greg Dreelin    

    With all the years the VA has been working on a mobile app this is the best they can do? This is sad for a mobile while commercial healthcare have true mobile applications that be used to schedule appointments, read records, and more. The VA paid millions to a group of Google and Amazon techies to create a cheap mobile icon that links you to myheathvet. So the app is not even self contained to do the work. I am not even a skilled programmer of apps and I have made better ones. Sad VA very sad for wasting my taxes on that crappy VA Launchpad.

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