• From the Clinic to Your Smartphone: Using Mobile Apps to Improve Care
    Example of various mobile apps
    DoD photo by Sidney Hinds

    For many, mobile devices are an efficient way to help with health care. According to studies, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone and have access to millions of mobile apps. Many of those apps exist to support mental health.

    Dr. Christina Armstrong, program lead for the education and training program at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), discussed advantages of mobile health technology during a recent webinar. The webinar highlighted telehealth capabilities and strategies for making apps a more common tool used in clinical settings.

    The benefits of mobile health technology in clinical care include overcoming barriers, increasing patient engagement, and improving patient reports of symptoms, said Armstrong, also a clinical psychologist.

  • ‘Tech into Care’ Pilot Aims to Help Providers Use Mobile Apps with Patient Care
    The five mobile apps pictured: breathe to relax, life armor, PTSD coach, T2 mood tracker, and virtual hope box
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    A recent National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) survey explored the barriers that military health care providers face when they try to use technology with psychological health treatment. In response, Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) launched a pilot program to offer solutions. The Tech into Care pilot will help providers at Navy and Air Force behavioral health clinics use five popular mobile apps with their treatment practices.

  • Updated PTSD Clinical Guidelines Feature New Research, Recommendations
    Thumbnail of the PTSD guidelines with the word updated stamped across it.
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    Medical research results often lead to changes in health care. The Deployment Health Clinical Center recently released a Clinician’s Corner article to highlight the most recent clinical guidelines for adults with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Future Medicine: Can Biomarkers Predict Mental Health Disorders?
    Drawing of a head filled with cogs and DNA strands behind it
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    Scientists use biology to predict medical conditions and clinical outcomes. In the future, the study of biological markers may help inform mental health treatments. In a recent article, Deployment Health Clinical Center senior research psychologist Dr. Maria Morgan explains what biomarkers are, what they can tell us about different psychological disorders, and what’s next for the field.

  • Manage Your Screens for Sweeter Dreams
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    We all know that a good night’s rest is important for our health, but sleep can be hard to come by. Many of our daily habits can make it hard to fall asleep consistently, especially habits that involve electronics and screens. Learn how managing your screen exposure can make it easier to rest easy with this infographic!

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  • Sesame Street for Military Families Website Encourages Routines and Self-Expression
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    Sesame Street for Military Families

    The Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) and Sesame Workshop debuted new content on the Sesame Street for Military Families website. With the help of Sesame Street Muppets™ Elmo and Rosita, the website provides strategies for military families to help children express emotions. Parents learn tips for setting up comforting routines and preschool children find fun coping tactics with the characters they love.

    Military families face constant challenges such as deployments, moves to new homes and adjustments after homecomings. The new Self-Expression and Routines topics focus on everyday things that families can do to create a caring, safe environment where children can learn and practice their resilience skills.