A new feature from VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) will allow VA facilities to check in patients remotely while ensuring physical distancing. To use the new VEText feature “I am Here”, Veterans at participating facilities can text a message to 53079 once they arrive in the parking lot of the facility where they have a scheduled appointment. The Veteran will then receive an auto-response with a message acknowledging their check-in, a response directing them to await further instruction and a final text once their provider is ready to see them and it is okay to proceed to the appointment.

More information: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/77813/va-launches-new-virtual-check-feature/