Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) co-introduced H.R. 4352, the Faster Care for Veterans Act, an innovative piece of legislation designed to make critical improvements to veteran health care by utilizing 21st century technology.
The bill would allow patients to self-schedule appointments from their smart phones or computers with the click of a button.
Self-scheduling technologies have been widely successful in the private sector by reducing the number of missed or cancelled appointments and saving our health system money and creating a better experience for patients and doctors.
“For far too long, our nation’s veterans have been underserved by inefficient and outdated systems,” said Moulton. “I get my care from the VA and I’ve waited hours for appointments and months for referrals. It doesn’t have to be this way. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to utilize the technology available to the private sector. Improving access to healthcare through a platform like this would ensure that our veterans will get the best care when they need it.”
The bill seeks to connect private sector innovation to the Department of Veterans Affairs by requiring the VA to pilot an online self-scheduling app for VA patients. This legislation will equip the VA with the same state-of-the-art technology enjoyed by patients in the private sector to improve the quality of veteran health care services.
Moulton has made veterans’ care a top priority during this congress. In June 2015, Moulton introduced his first package of legislation: The VA Education Training and Sustainability (VETS) Act, four bills aimed at improving the talent pipeline at Veterans Affairs medical facilities across the country.