PTSD iPhone App Launches For Veterans - InformationWeek
02:06 PM
Building Security for the IoT
Nov 09, 2017
In this webcast, experts discuss the most effective approaches to securing Internet-enabled system ...Read More>>

PTSD iPhone App Launches For Veterans

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs launch the free PTSD Coach to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder seek immediate help or manage their symptoms.

15 Healthy Mobile Apps
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: 15 Healthy Mobile Apps
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now can turn to their mobile devices for help, thanks to a new application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD).

The two agencies have developed the PTSD Coach application to help veterans dealing with symptoms of PTSD. The app can link them to local sources of support and even help manage their symptoms in the moment, according to the VA.

The free application, now available via the iTunes store for the iPhone, also provides people with accurate information about PTSD, so the agencies are encouraging family members and friends of veterans suffering from it to download it as well. The agencies also plan to release an Android version of the app by mid-June.

However, the application is meant to be a supplement and not be a replacement for mental health treatment and other medical services available to veterans through VA benefits, the agencies said.

"This is a great service we are providing to veterans, service members, their families and friends, but it should not be seen as a replacement for traditional therapy," Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA's under secretary for health, said in a statement. "Veterans should utilize all of the benefits they have earned with their service. One of the best things about this app is it will get veterans connected to the places that are out there to provide help."

PTSD Coach is the first of a series of resources being offered for PTSD sufferers from the VA National Center for PTSD and the Defense Department's National Center for Telehealth and Technology. Given the popularity of mobile devices, the agencies thought an application would be a good way to reach a critical mass of PTSD-stricken veterans and their support communities, they said.

Indeed, federal agencies increasingly are leveraging mobile devices as a way to better engage with their constituencies and offer value-added services. Increased public engagement is a key goal of the Obama administration's Open Government Directive.

In January the IRS began offering IRS2Go for both the iPhone and Android devices. The applications allows people to file updates to their taxes, check the status of their refunds, and follow the IRS via its Twitter feed, among other features.

Around the same time the FBI began offering the FBI Most Wanted iPhone app, which lets people access the agency's list of most wanted fugitives and view high-priority missing children cases via their devices.

The Army and NASA also are among federal agencies offering popular smartphone applications.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll