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Telehealth new technologies are revolutionizing health care, and VA is recognized as a world leader in the development and use of telehealth. Telehealth services are mission-critical to the future direction of VA care to Veterans. In FY18, VHA provided more than 2.29 million episodes of care to more than 782,000 patients via the three telehealth modalities. This represents a 7.5% increase, over the previous year, in the number of Veterans receiving care via VHA’s telehealth services. More than 45% of these Veterans lived in rural areas, and may otherwise have had limited access to VA healthcare. Telehealth supported emergency relief efforts after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Florence. VA continues to leverage telehealth to assure the execution of VA’s Fourth Mission to improve the Nations preparedness for response to war, terrorism, national emergencies and natural disasters. We are still growing our network and there are complex issues related to delivering care to rural areas without bandwidth.