Sept. 23, 2020 —
The Coast Guard Sept. 22 awarded a contract worth approximately $3.85 million to MicroHealth LLC of Vienna, Virginia, to rapidly field a secure, privacy-compliant telehealth video conferencing system that provides Coast Guard members with remote access to a wide range of health care services. The Coast Guard expects to have all planned telehealth capabilities fully fielded by the end of fiscal year 2021.
Through telehealth, Coast Guard members will have remote access to healthcare services including specialized services like mental health treatment through computers and mobile devices at their homes and duty stations. Enabling remote, real-time access to a variety of healthcare services and options will reduce travel burdens and potential exposure to other illnesses and provide improved work-life flexibility. Telehealth capability also addresses the immediate need to enhance the flexibility of Coast Guard providers during the nation’s response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.