Mobile Apps Reduce PTSD Stress, Help Clinicians with TBI

Reducing stress  for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) could be as easy as turning on your smart phone.

The Department of Defense has released a new mobile application program for smart phone users.

Breathe2Relax, part of a growing collection of mobile apps developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), is available for iPhone® users now. An Android version will be available by the end of July. More information about Breathe2Relax is available at www.t2health.org/apps.

For Clinicians:

There’s an app for health care professionals serving the military community and veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. They’ve released a new quick reference guide for your smartphone: the Mild TBI Pocket Guide Mobile Application.

Developed by DCoE and National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), the app is a comprehensive resource for primary care providers, on the treatment and management of patients with mild TBI and related symptoms.

The mobile app offers a wide range of diagnostic, treatment and information resources. Key features of the application include:

  • Interactive decision trees: Helps identify the best interventions and timing of services for patients to optimize quality of care and clinical outcomes
  • Symptom management: Identifies guidelines for managing common symptoms following mild TBI
  • Provider assessments: Provides frequently-used assessments and scoring tools used in treating patients with mild TBI
  • Relevant Defense Department ICD-9 coding: Consolidates appropriate codes for efficient documentation
  • Interactive links: Provides direct access to additional tools and resources

An electronic version of the Mild TBI Pocket Guide is also available for download on the DCoE website under TBI Clinical Documents. For hard copies of these documents, contact the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at info@dvbic.org or 800-870-9244.

For information on additional mobile applications for behavioral health care purposes, check out the list of mobile apps available on the T2 website here: www.t2health.org/apps.

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