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Mil Med. 2014 Aug;179(8):865-78. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00429.

Review of mobile health technology for military mental health.

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1
Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, 13055 East 17th Avenue, Room 347, Aurora, CO 80045.
2
Booz Allen Hamilton, One Preserve Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852.
3
Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), MCMR-TT, 1054 Patchel Street, Fort Detrick, MD 21702.
4
Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP), MCMR-RTO, 504 Scott Street, Building 722, Fort Detrick, MD 21702.
5
National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), OMAMC, 9933 West Hayes Street, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, WA 98431.

Abstract

Mental health problems pose challenges for military veterans, returning service members, and military family members including spouses and children. Challenges to meeting mental health needs include improving access to care and improving quality of care. Mobile Health, or "mHealth," can help meet these needs in the garrison and civilian environments. mHealth brings unique capabilities to health care provision through the use of mobile device technologies. This report identifies high-priority mHealth technology development considerations in two categories. First, priority considerations specific to mental health care provision include safety, privacy, evidence-based practice, efficacy studies, and temperament. Second, priority considerations broadly applicable to mHealth include security, outcomes, ease of use, carrier compliance, hardware, provider perspectives, data volume, population, regulation, command policy, and reimbursement. Strategic planning for the advancement of these priority considerations should be coordinated with stated Department of Defense capability needs to maximize likelihood of adoption. This report also summarizes three leading, military programs focused on mHealth projects in mental health, The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, The Military Operational Medicine Research Program, United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and The National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

PMID:
25102529
DOI:
10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00429
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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