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Educational Workshops Train Military Providers to Integrate Mobile Apps into Clinical Care

As the Education and Training Program lead at Defense Health Agency (DHA) Connected Health, I get a lot of questions from providers about what to expect from one of our mobile health training workshops. My answer? You’ll get a ton of great information on integrating mobile health applications into your clinical care, including what you need to know about security, privacy and ethical issues. These workshops are interactive, allowing clinicians to role-play sessions and gain hands-on, practical experience that can be integrated into their clinical care.

Balancing Efficiency and Efficacy in a Doctor Visit

Mobile apps are the newest tool in a health care provider’s toolbox to encourage patient self-care and health management. Earlier this year, I worked with an active-duty family physician in a primary care clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to pilot a process for prescribing a sleep app during a patient visit. The project included mapping a patient visit workflow, training staff on the mobile app, and developing patient handouts and provider guides.

Mobile Health Resources Available Online for Military Providers

Picture of Tripler Army Medical Center

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:

Using Telehealth to Treat Depression--Does One Size Fit All?

Telehealth—meeting with a health care provider over the internet—is being increasingly used. Does this approach work for psychological health care? Does using telehealth for depression treatment work as well as going to a clinician’s office? The intuitive answer to this question is, “no.”

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