VA, DOD joint office delivers mobile app for PTSD patients

The creation earlier this year of a joint office of the Veterans Health Administration and the Defense Department’s Office of Information and Technology has borne its first fruit – a mobile application designed to assist people undergoing prolonged exposure therapy, reports FierceMobile Government.

The app, PE Coach, is being used by both departments to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. It gives PTSD sufferers a central site to track their therapy sessions, record them, complete therapy assignments and take notes on sessions. The app also offers breathing exercises for better managing anxiety. But unlike many healthcare apps, PE Coach is not a self-help tool, the DOD said in a statement cited by FierceMobile.

PE Coach is available for download on iOS and Android devices.

VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker made the announcement last week during a press call. He added that the office is working on an entire portfolio of apps. The office will ensure that app development has the proper security and privacy oversight.

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