VA to Improve Access to Health Benefits Info

John Commins, September 23, 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a multi-year initiative called Veterans Relationship Management to improve veterans' access to healthcare and benefits information using technology. 

"VRM will transform veterans' interactions with VA by using innovative 21st century technologies," said VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. "Veterans will have a better experience when they contact VA for assistance, and our employees will be able to quickly convey accurate, up-to-date information through call centers and the Internet." 

By the end of the year, VRM will improve telephone services to enable veterans to reach a call center agent faster. Recording and review of calls will ensure the quality of services provided to veterans. VRM enhancements will be rolled out in six-month increments.

The VRM Internet site will give veterans greater and easier access to information. VA collaborated with the Department of Defense to provide a single sign-on capability for both active service members and veterans. Single sign-on will establish an individual's identity and allow that person to complete transactions without having to re-enter information. 

Self-service access through the Internet site is already available in some benefit areas, including military personnel records, VA home loan eligibility certificates, and status information on compensation and pension claims. 

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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