Mobile Health Resources Available Online for Military Providers
Tripler Army Medical Center, located on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu, sprawls atop a lush hill like a pretty pink palace. In December 2016, psychologists from the Defense Department’s National Center of Telehealth & Technology (T2) led 84 military clinicians at Tripler through a one-day workshop on how to integrate mobile health technologies (like mobile apps) into their practices.
Feedback from the attendees included:
- “This training has been amazing and I am so glad I came. It really should be mandatory.”
- “Excellent training! Very knowledgeable, great energy and kept engaged and thoughtful.”
- “One of my favorite trainings over the past couple years.”
- “Thanks for the workbook and resources! You are each exceptionally knowledgeable and dynamic presenters! Thank you!”
- “It was inspiring.”
Because of feedback like this, and more from over 600 military health care providers who attended T2 workshops over the last few years, T2 staff knew the training was useful. The challenge was how to get this valuable training and resources out to more than a few hundred providers a year. Because face-to-face training sessions can only accommodate a limited amount of attendees, T2 staff put their heads together to work out a solution.
With the goal to reach more clinicians, the training team recently launched a new Education and Training page on the T2 website. The page offers resources for both providers and patients on how to use mobile apps and websites as part of their behavioral health care. These resources include:
Face-to-face workshops, webinars, live community-of-practice sessions, online social forums and other training opportunities.
- Workshops. These free one- and two-day face-to-face workshops at military hospitals and clinics train military and Defense Department providers on best practices for the integration of mobile health in clinical care.
- Webinars. Listen to
current and past webinars on behavioral health topics.
- Community of practice sessions: These monthly meetings promote discussion among Defense Department health care providers and care teams about using websites, mobile apps and other technology-based methods in their health care practice.
- Online forums: Two private LinkedIn groups are available to providers to share and connect. Sign-in to LinkedIn and use the following links to request access:
— Behavioral Health Technology – Community of Practice Group
— Psychological Health Providers for the Military Community Group
Clinician guides and product overviews on Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs mobile apps and websites, and information to help integrate mobile health into clinical care include:
- Mobile App and Website Prescription Pad
- T2 Applications for Psychological Health Guide
- Mobile Device Privacy and Security Handout
Providers can share product overview handouts on T2 and Department of Veterans Affairs mobile apps and websites with their patients. Some of the most popular patient resources include:
- Breathe2Relax Mobile App Overview
- Virtual Hope Box Mobile App Overview
- Military Kids Connect Website Overview
The psychologist, social workers, physicians and nurses who attended the December training at Tripler made time for training without having to travel outside their workplace. Now with the launch of the new Education and Training page on the T2 website, providers around the world can access many of the same course resources.