Published On: October 13th, 2021|313 words|1 min read|
Treva Lutes is the communications lead for VHA's Office of Connected Care
Sometimes we need some extra support while working toward health goals. VA created the Annie App for Veterans for that purpose.
Annie sends automated text messages to Veterans to help them focus on self-care. The texts may include health-related notifications, reminders or motivational messages based on your goals or health conditions.
Annie empowers you to play an active role in your care by prompting you to provide health data such as weight or blood pressure levels – or reminding you to take your prescribed medications.
Annie is a free service and anyone with a phone that can send and receive text messages can use it.
How to get started
To start using Annie, register online through the Annie App for Veterans page on the VA App Store. After launching Annie, you will need to consent to take part in the program and then set up your account.
After you register for Annie, you can subscribe to protocols, or groups of messages, that are tailored to your health conditions or goals. Once you subscribe to a protocol, you will receive text messages related to the protocol, such as medication reminders or motivational support for stress or weight management.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide on how to register for Annie and subscribe to Annie protocols:
Your VA care team must assign or authorize some Annie protocols for you. But you can subscribe to many protocols yourself. More protocols that you can subscribe yourself to are becoming available on an ongoing basis.
For the current list of protocols that you can subscribe to, or for more information about Annie, visit the Annie App for Veterans page on the VA App Store.
For help registering or for any questions about Annie, call the Health Resource Center at 877-470-5947, available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.