Salus Telehealth Partners with TAPS to Offer Virtual Grief Counseling Services to Military Survivors Via the VideoMedicine Mobile Platform
Chicago, Ill., and Waycross, Ga. – March 21, 2017 – Salus Telehealth, Inc., a market leader and trusted advisor within the telehealth industry, announces the company has partnered with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to offer grief counseling support services to surviving military family members at no cost through the Salus VideoMedicine mobile platform. TAPS is dedicated to offering compassionate care to individuals who have lost a loved one who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Virtual counseling services via VideoMedicine complement the nonprofit organization’s existing 24/7 national peer support network and grief counseling resources. Since its founding in 1994, TAPS has provided free assistance to more than 70,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers.
Through VideoMedicine, TAPS surviving family members are able to use their mobile device, tablet or computer to access a range of mental health professionals and physicians who are lending their time, expertise and support to the organization with pro bono services. The appointments utilize VideoMedicine’s streaming video conferencing platform to provide survivors with private, confidential appointments remotely. In addition, survivors have the option to invite their own counselors, therapists and primary care physicians to join the VideoMedicine healthcare provider network, providing continuity of care and familiarity. Mental health is one of the many specialites covered in VideoMedicine’s healthcare provider network, which also includes primary care physicians, pediatrians and more.
“Salus is proud to offer telemedicine services via VideoMedicine at no cost to TAPS,” says Paula Guy, CEO of Salus Telehealth. “Our hope is that individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces will be able to utilize our platform to receive counseling in the most accessible and convenient way possible. We are also happy that we can allow users to invite their own providers to use VideoMedicine, so that they maintain the comfort level and familiarity that is right for them.”
“VideoMedicine has already proven to be a valuable resource for TAPS,” states Zaneta Gileno, Director of Community Based Care and Professional Education for TAPS. “Our mission is to offer assistance to those struggling with grief through a national support network. VideoMedicine creates access to counselors through video conferencing that was not possible even a few years ago. There are many reasons our members would opt to use this platform – and we are happy we found a partner dedicated to making it as accessible and flexible as possible.”
To access VideoMedicine, TAPS users simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play and enter their group key. Healthcare providers interested in donating pro bono grief counseling services to TAPS through the the VideoMedicine platform can learn more and register here.