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Telemedicine Initiative Reaches Out To Kansas Veterans

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The federal government and the University of Kansas are partnering to make it easier for veterans to receive health care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will expand a telemedicine program, which uses video feeds to allow doctors to interact with patients over long distances. The VA will bring it to health care sites already associated with KU's telemedicine program.

Dr. William Patterson is with the VA and says the goal is to allow veterans to get services without having to travel to one of the VA facilities in Kansas.

"The most important thing in health care is access,” says Dr. Patterson. “If it's easier for the veteran to access health care, then they'll obtain it and they'll benefit from it."

Officials announced the effort during an event today at the Statehouse. The VA is already offering mental health services through a telemedicine clinic in Garden City. Within a year, officials hope to have dozens more locations and offer physical health services as well.

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