Cooper University Health Care has introduced a program to help military veterans who may find it difficult to make in-person visits.
Funded by a $62,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission, the Tablets for Veterans program will provide the mobile technology to qualified patients who have served in the armed forces, according to a Sept. 5 announcement.
The grant will cover the costs of 50 tablets for three years and includes internet service.
“We know that individuals with chronic conditions are at risk of developing complications and possible hospitalization when they are not able to access health care. We also know that many of the veterans we serve have transportation issues, creating barriers to care,” Max Kursh, director of population health at Cooper Health, said in a statement.
Kursh, who’s overseeing the Tablets for Veterans program, added, “By providing tablet devices for these vulnerable individuals, we will help improve communications and maintain vital connections with their health care providers to allow them to manage their care successfully at home.”
The staff at Camden-based Cooper Health and Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills will identify current patients for the program based on who may have difficulties making the trip to see a health care provider, according to a Cooper Health spokesperson.
“Our veterans have given of themselves to serve our country, so we want to be able to thank them for their service by developing innovative programs to meet their needs,” Kursh said.
Cooper and Deborah provide a range of services to active military and veterans through HeroCare Connect, a resource that links military families, active duty and retired military, and veterans with specialty care services.
Looking out for veterans
On Aug. 25, Gov. Phil Murphy signed bipartisan legislation into law that aims to protect veterans and their families from potential fraudsters. Click here to read more.