Women Veterans’ Health Issues Heightened as Congress Convenes to Consider Funding for a Mobile Healthcare Pilot
DMS Health Technologies, a Digirad Company (NASDAQ:DRAD) and a leader in mobile healthcare, and TrillaMed, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that is operated, managed and owned by three combat veterans who served as U.S. Army Airborne Rangers, today announced their participation in the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend gathering at the Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials in Washington. This event is the world’s largest single-day motorcycle rally, drawing over one million veterans, spectators and patriots to the nation’s capital annually.
DMS Health, reinforcing its advocacy on behalf of America’s veterans, will exhibit its Mobile Healthcare Clinic designed to address the increasing health service needs of underserved veterans in rural and urban areas. DMS Health Mobile Clinics bring immediate, updated treatment options to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (“VA”) healthcare framework that is currently lacking in personnel, technology and other resources, while maximizing the value of existing resources without the need for capital investment.
“In partnership with TrillaMed, DMS is proud to participate in the Rolling Thunder event that honors our country’s veterans and military heroes,” said William Vogel, CEO of DMS Health Technologies. “It’s distressing that so many of our country’s service women and men are not able to find and receive appropriate healthcare when they return home due to a strained VA health system. Our hope is that initiatives like Women Veterans Mobile Healthcare, telemedicine and other programs will help alleviate the problem and provide women veterans the necessary access to proper health and counseling services.”
Clinic on Wheels Joins Motorcycle Wheels
A DMS Health Mobile Healthcare Clinic will be on display at the Rolling Thunder event and available for tours Sunday, May 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will be located on the National Mall on Henry Bacon Drive between the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials. The mobile clinic on exhibit will be a standard-use size (about the length of a tractor trailer).
A key benefit of a DMS Health clinic is that it can be up and running in as little as 90 days and can serve as either a stand-alone or complementary clinic adjacent to an existing facility. DMS Health Mobile Healthcare Clinics are designed to meet accreditation standards to support the highest care and can range in size depending on the need.
“As ‘vetrepreneurs,’ TrillaMed serves the warfighter and veterans through the highest quality service and medical products within the healthcare industry,” said Frank Campanaro, CEO of TrillaMed. “We are patients first and contractors second, and as veterans, we use the VA healthcare system ourselves. Unfortunately, our sister veterans do not have the same level of access to quality of care, so to uphold our promise to never leave a fallen comrade, we continue to fight on behalf of our female soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.”
Mobile Healthcare Provides Solution for Women Vets
Veterans continue to struggle with a lack of care within the current VA health system, and women veterans have even greater challenges dealing with a system and services designed for male veterans. Women veterans are the fastest growing population in the VA health system, having doubled in numbers over the last decade, further burdening an already weakened system. A study looking into barriers to care for women veterans, commissioned by the VA, reported that of all women using the VA system, 72 percent indicate they do not utilize the nearest VA facility for primary care; top reasons cited include lack of women’s services and quality of providers.
Congress, via the 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (“MilCon-VA”), is currently proposing extensive measures to provide for women veterans’ preventive and primary care focusing on gender-specific healthcare needs. Congressional Committees are directing the VA to consider mobile healthcare options that will provide greater access to women veterans and increased capacity for the Veterans Health Administration.
“I worked to include language in the Fiscal Year 2017 MilCon-VA appropriations bill that presses the VA to improve health care for female veterans and consider a mobile healthcare pilot program for them,” said Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Appropriations Committee’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. “The pilot program is designed to fill the current gap in VA gender-specific services. Currently, VA medical centers across the country lack the infrastructure to provide specific women’s health-care services such as mammograms, ultrasounds and OB/GYN services. DMS Health Technologies and other companies are working to partner with the VA to provide these types of gender-specific care as the VA works to expand its infrastructure to meet the growing numbers of women in the military.”