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Techies In Your Community: Angela Henderson and General Dynamics Information Technology

On WSTA’s LinkedIn page, Angela Henderson, Manager, Marketing and Business Development at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), posted an article she coordinated for the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2). ”Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to combat PTSD” was a fascinating read, and represents one of many innovative technology applications for psychological health and traumatic brain injury being focused on in one of GDIT’s divisions.

The Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and
Technology, in partnership with the Defenses Center of Excellence for
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Department of
Psychology at Madigan, were funded by the United States Army Medical
Research and Materiel Command, to conduct a four-year study to
determine the effectiveness of VRET on active-duty servicemembers
returning from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom who are
suffering from PTSD.

Through this procedure, behavioral health providers use 360-degree, interactive computer-generated environments which are uniquely tailored to expose the patients back into the environment to experience where the trauma occurred, and to help reduce anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

VRET studies are being conducted at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and a number of Veterans Affairs hospitals are starting to use virtual reality as more servicemembers transition into veterans.

Kudos to Angela and GDIT for their role in bringing this ground-breaking Health IT initiative forward. Stay tuned for information regarding a local presentation on these and other exciting projects.

Doña Keating is President and CEO of Professional Options (www.professionaloptions.org), a prominent innovator in the policy and consulting industry which creates solutions for businesses, organizations and governmental agencies. She is also a principal in K2 Strategic Solutions (www.k2strategic.com), a new partnership between Professional Options and Keating Consulting Service which provides technology and management consulting.

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