An $18 million blunder in TBI diagnosis?

Has an $18 million tool designed to gather information on combat traumatic brain injury and behavioral health failed in its mission? Starting in February 2009, Vangent (General Dynamics) won two successive contracts from the Military Health System for a TBI/BH assessment tool to fulfill a Department of Defense mandate “requiring neurocognitive readiness assessments for all service members within six months of deployment.” TBI is especially insidious as there may not be visible head wounds, and assessment has been difficult. The Vangent system should have been in place by now, as announced at last year’s HIMSS.

'Virtual reality' implemented for veterans' TBI and PTSD rehab (US)

size0-army_mil-53481-2009-10-19-161027The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) system will soon be available for patients at the new National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), founded through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  According to the article, the CAREN system is an instrumented treadmill embedded into a ‘six degree-of-freedom motion’ platform that synchronizes in real-time with a virtual environment projected onto a large, curved screen for rehabilitation of returning veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome.