PTSD systems - Health technologies for veterans

Though an Institute of Medicine report last summer blasted the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to track the effectiveness of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, the agencies have been hard at work developing technologies aimed at PTSD.

The Air Force uses a virtual reality system that can customize the experience for PTSD patients. The technology has been compared to an aircraft simulator that can teach pilots how to fly planes in extreme conditions and called a "promising alternative" to imaginal exposure therapy.

Meanwhile, in-car technology from the VA and Fujitsu Laboratories of America monitors how veterans with PTSD handle the pressures of driving and provides immediate treatment. It combines information from physical sensors placed on the veteran to monitor heart rate and respiration with vehicle data such as speed, braking and steering. Treatments include cognitive appraisal and breathing therapy.

PTSD systems - Health technologies for veterans
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