Exposure Ed delivers information on military-related exposures to health care providers.
Veterans may have been exposed to a range of chemical, physical, and environmental hazards during service, and providers can use this tool to have an informed discussion with Veterans about their individual exposure-related concerns and potential impacts on their health.
Providers can also access information on exposure-related programs and benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and help Veterans assess their participation eligibility. This application should not be used for diagnostic purposes.
This tool was created by the Veteran's Health Administration - the nation's leading provider of Veterans' health care.
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Getting to Know the App
The Exposure Ed App Home screen has three icons: Exposures, Date/Location and Conflicts. Tap the icons to find information about exposures organized by the type of exposure (such as Agent Orange or extreme heat), the date and location of a Veteran’s service or the conflict in which he or she served.
Using the Menu
The Menu will always be available at the bottom of your screen. Tap the Menu, and a slide-out menu will appear. The menu allows you to go to the Home, Notes, VA Locator, Provider Tips, Bookmarks, Tutorial, About and Feedback screens. Tap each option to view more information.
The Notes option lets you select and save information from the app to share with your patient. Tap Add to Note that appears at the bottom of the information you would like to save. A pop up notification will appear informing you that a note has been created, which you can find in the Notes section, accessible from the menu. The note shows you the content you saved and the date and time you saved it. You can email, print or delete your notes.
Accessing Provider Tips
Tap Provider Tips from the menu to view the following information: Questions to Ask the Veteran, Create a Care Plan, Risk Communication Tips and Useful Resources. Tap each option to see more.
Getting More Information
The Bookmarks section links to websites and resources with more information about environmental exposures and programs for Veterans. Tap each resource to go directly to it.
What are exposures?
For the purpose of this app, exposures are environmental conditions Veterans may have experienced that potentially impact their health.
Who should use the Exposure Ed App and why?
If you are a health care provider who cares for Veterans, you should use the Exposure Ed App for comprehensive information about exposures and as a guide for discussing exposure-related concerns with your patients. Veterans may have been exposed to a range of chemical, physical and environmental hazards during service, which could impact their health or provide context for health issues they might be experiencing. With the Exposure Ed App, you can find information on exposures as well as exposure-related programs and benefits offered by VA, and help Veterans determine whether they are eligible for those benefits and programs.
Do I need to be a VA health care provider to use the Exposure Ed App?
No. The app is available for VA and non-VA Providers.
What features does the Exposure Ed App offer?
The Exposure Ed App provides extensive information about various exposures, a Notes feature that allows you to save and share information, the ability to search for VA facilities, information to help identify specific types of exposures, tips for talking with your patient about exposure-related concerns, links to helpful resources, an app tutorial, the ability to provide feedback about the app and other resources to learn more about or get help for the app.
How do I find an exposure I want to learn about, and what information will I see?
There are three ways to learn more about exposures outlined on the app’s Home screen: searching by exposure, date and location or looking for the exposures commonly associated with a specific conflict. Once you have found the exposure you want to learn more about, you will see a description or definition of the exposure; information about who might have been exposed based on location, decade, conflict and how someone could have been exposed; health implications to consider; information about VA policies and programs, including how to apply for benefits; and links to other useful resources about the exposure, including a Notes section where you will have the option to create a note about the exposure and share it with your patient. If you do not see your exposure listed, you can search for it by typing in the exposure name in the search field, and a list of matching results will appear.
What is the Notes feature, and how do I use it?
The Notes feature allows you to save information about an exposure, program or policy and share it with your patient via email, providing him or her with educational references and helpful resources. As you are learning about an exposure, you may see the option to add the information you are viewing to a note. Tap Add to Note, and a pop-up notification box will appear informing you the new note has been created. To access your existing notes, tap Menu at the bottom of the screen, and tap Notes from the slide-out menu that appears. You will see a list of current and finalized notes. If you select a current note, you will have the options to finalize or delete it. If you select a finalized note, you will have the options to print preview, print, email or delete it. You can delete individual notes, or you can delete all of your notes at the same time.
What is the VA Locator feature, and how do I use it?
The VA Locator allows you to find facilities closest to your patients that best fit their needs. You may search for locations within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and National Cemetery Administration (NCA). To use the feature, tap Menu, and tap VA Locator from the slide-out menu that appears. Tap Search Locations by Address, ZIP, and/or Facility Type. A notification will appear warning you the next screen is external from the Exposure Ed App. Tap OK to continue and you will be taken to the VA facility locator. Fill in the required information, and a map will appear marked with nearby facilities. You will also be able to view a list of facility addresses, phone numbers and directions.
What information is covered in the Provider Tips section, and how do I access it?
The Provider Tips section provides you with questions to ask your Veteran patients about exposures, an overview for how to create a care plan, tips for communicating effectively and discussing challenging topics with your patients and links to other useful resources. To access the Provider Tips section, tap Menu, and tap Provider Tips from the slide-out menu that appears.
What are Bookmarks, and how do I access them?
VA has bookmarked helpful resources to learn more about environmental exposures and programs for Veterans, such as the Post-Deployment Health Services website and directories for VA’s Environmental Health Coordinators and OEF/OIF Clinical Coordinators. NOTE: You will not be able to bookmark new resources. To access Bookmarks, tap Menu, and tap Bookmarks from the slide-out menu that appears.
Where can I find additional information about other available VA Apps?
Additional information about other available VA Apps can be found at mobile.va.gov/appstore as well as on mobile.va.gov.
What do I do if I need additional information or help?
More resources, such as a Slideshow and User Manual for the Exposure Ed App can be found on mobile.va.gov/appstore, and search for the app to access the resources.
If you need assistance with the Exposure Ed App, dial 1-844-482-6624 to speak with a VA representative. For TTY assistance, dial 711.
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