Last year, VA launched several pilots of secure mobile applications to help Veterans, caregivers and VA clinical teams provide unprecedented opportunities and become active partners in health care through mobile technology. The driving force behind those initiatives is VA’s co-director of Connected Health, Kathleen L. Frisbee, MPH, Ph.D., who was recently named as one of the Top-10 influential women in health IT by FierceHealthIT for 2014.
Kathleen L. Frisbee was recently named as one of the Top-10 influential women in health IT by FierceHealthIT for 2014.
With more than 25 years in health IT leadership roles across VA, Frisbee’s work to bring health technology to Veterans is impressive. FierceHealthIT recognized Frisbee specifically for leading VA’s Mobile Health initiative, where she oversees the development of mobile health apps for Veterans and providers, and for shaping the vision of how VA can use mobile technology in the future. Frisbee was integral in the establishment of the initiative and execution of the field tests, such as the Family Caregiver Pilot.
“These tools increase access to health care and further demonstrate VA’s commitment to improving the Veteran and caregiver experience,” Frisbee said during the launch of the pilot program that provided iPads to more than 1,000 caregivers of seriously injured Post-9/11 Veterans. The mobile devices featured a suite of apps that allow Veterans and caregivers to access and share information about health conditions and treatment options directly with health care providers, creating closer partnerships.
Frisbee was also involved in developing the Provider Program that gave hundreds of Veterans the ability to request primary care and mental healthcare appointments via mobile devices or desktop computers.
Due to the efforts of Frisbee and the mobile health team, Veterans are able to use some of the early apps, such as Mobile Blue Button, Summary of Care and VA Launchpad. The nationwide launch of these apps, which connect to VA’s electronic health record, is scheduled for full release later this fall.
To learn more or to download a mobile app, visit https://mobilehealth.va.gov/appstore.