Launching Telehealth 2.0

The Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) in their Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) has launched their new research project “Telehealth 2.0 Providing Continuity of Behavioral Health Clinical Care to Patients Using Mobile Devices”.

This project is in partnership with the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Psychological Health Center of Excellence and the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood. In addition the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio is providing research support services.

The research study will explore options to connect behavioral health providers at Fort Hood with a means to connect from their desktop computers to their existing patients via the patient’s personal mobile device.

This demonstration project will examine and address security and privacy concerns when conducting Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based teleconferencing from the providers’ desktops to the patient, regardless of location.

Deputy Lab Manager at mHIC sees this as an important step forward for the use of mobility in military medicine. He said,” As telehealth capabilities move beyond secure messaging and provider consults, mobile technology must mature with it.”

The TATRC team is working closely with the DHA Video Network Center to ensure interoperability with their next generation SIP-based communication platform. Patient engagement is expected to begin June 2018.

For more information, email Ron Yeaw at Ronald.e.yeaw2.civ@mail.mil.

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