Brian Hawkins, Director of the DC VA Medical Center, accepts tablet donation
from the Open Technology Group headquarters team
Today, Open Technology Group donated Nexus 7 tablets to the Fisher House at the DC VA Medical Center. Open Technology Group partnered with the National Association of American Veterans (NAAV) to help identify the best way to provide technological assistance to veterans in the DC area. NAAV connected the small business with the Fisher House, who supports America’s military by offering free comfort homes to family members during a veteran’s hospitalization.
“Open Technology Group is committed to supporting our nation’s veterans and their caregivers. Many families must fly a long way from home and its conveniences to get excellent medical treatment. We hope these tablets will provide some comfort to the displaced families that stay in the Fisher House. From playing games to watching movies and listening to music, technology can serve as a relaxing distraction,” said Jose Carlos Linares, President and CEO of Open Technology Group. “The tablets are also a great tool for keeping distant family members up to date on treatments and progress via email and even video chat.”
Open Technology Group donated 20 tablets, one to stock each of the 20 rooms at the DC VA Medical Center Fisher House. Over the course of a year, the hundreds of family members that rotate through the Fisher House will be able to take advantage of the benefits of modern technology.
“When people come to the Fisher House, it is not because they want to. It is because a family member is gravely ill. Anything we can do to make their stay more comfortable is truly a blessing. This tablet donation will do more for the families than you will ever know,” said Brian Hawkins, Director of the DC VA Medical Center.
Families can use the tablets to take notes on medical information with writing and notepad apps and later access the Internet to research medical conditions and learn more about treatment options. They can also use the tablets to keep in contact with distant family and friends. The entertainment factor will help to relieve some stress for families during a very difficult time in their lives. Each tablet comes equipped with wireless connectivity, a front-facing camera, and a 7-inch display. In addition, the tablets have access to Google Play, which offers over 700,000 apps and games, millions of books and songs, and thousands of movies.
Members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care. Pauline Trost, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Carlisle Trost, dreamed of providing affordable temporary housing for families of those facing a medical crisis. In 1990, Trost shared this dream with Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, who were immediately taken by the concept. In 1991, the first Fisher House opened in Bethesda, Maryland. Today, there is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center across the United States. Several Fisher Houses have even been established abroad.