VA to unveil online appointment scheduling in 2017

Veterans Health Administration patients will be able to schedule their own medical appointments online starting in January, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The new program will allow patients to schedule primary care appointments through an app or online. Online scheduling for mental health appointments could be added as well.

"I think this is really, really, really important for us to be able to offer," Neil Evans, MD, chief officer of the Office of Connected Care for the Veterans Health Administration, told the Union-Tribune.

The VA tested the app — which has a $3.3 million price tag — with veterans in Connecticut and Massachusetts earlier this year. Those veterans gave it a 91 percent approval rating, according to the report.

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