VA San Diego Healthcare System

Telehealth

Telehealth services use video and telephone technologies to offer care to Veterans who live-remotely, have health or transportation problems restricting travel, or Veterans that need nurse care coordination  for chronic health problems that are hard to control.  Telehealth changes the location where health care services are provided.

At VA San Diego Healthcare System, we offer the following Telehealth programs:

Care Coordination Home Telehealth (CCHT)

Care Coordination Home Telehealth (CCHT) is a program that utilizes a home monitoring system (telehealth device) linked to the Veteran’s telephone line to connect a Veteran with a nurse care coodinatory.  The care coordinator works with both primary care and specialty providers to optimize the treatment plan.  New technology allows the Veteran to use their cell phones for this program.

The CCHT program is used for Veterans with chronic diseases, such as:

  • heart failure
  • diabetes
  • emphysema (COPD)
  • high blood pressure
  • depression
  • spinal cord injury      
  • chronic pain
  • schizophrenia
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • bipolar disorder
  • substance abuse

For more information about Home Telehealth or to get a referral to the program, talk to your primary care provider or call one of the Lead Care Coordinators listed below:

Medical:  Jennifer Bloomquist, RN, (858) 642-3687
Mental Health:  Robert Marshall, RN, (858) 642-1468
Spinal Cord Injury:  Elaine Minsch, RN, (858) 642-1194
Women's Health:  Peggy Grand, RN, (619) 400-5053

Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT)

Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) utilizes a live video connections to connect a specialist at the main medical center with a Veteran in his local VA clinic . The Veteran would go to his local VA clinic , while the specialist would be in his/her office at the La Jolla medical center.

Presently, the following specialty clinics are available by CVT:

  • Mental Health Clinic
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • High Blood Pressure (hypertension) Clinic
  • Liver (Hepatology) Clinic
  • Spinal Cord Injury Clinic*
  • Cholesterol management


* The Spinal Cord Injury Clinic also provides sub-specialty care through CVT for skin issues, wheelchair, pre-op screening, post-op follow-up, etc.  For more information, please contact Elaine Minsch, RN at (858) 642-1194.  

For more information or to get a referral to the CVT program, please talk to your primary care provider.

Store and Forward Telehealth (S&F)

Store and Forward Telehealth (S&F) allows a Veteran with diabetes to get an eye screening exam (Tele-retinal) at his local VA clinic.  These images are subsequently reviewed by an eye specialist who will make a decision if the Veteran needs an eye clinic appointment at the La Jolla medical center.  This telehealth program also allows a provider in Primary Care to have the staff at the clinic take a photo of a skin lesion (Tele-derm), store and forward it to the dermatologist at the La Jolla medical center and have the dermatologist decide how to treat it, again saving the Veteran a trip and creating  'one-stop health care'.

For more information or to get a referral to the S&F program, please talk to your primary care provider.

Contact Info

Location

  • San Diego VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 858-552-8585

Hours of Operation

  • M - F, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.