GE Global Research, US Army telecare study

Our readers know that for the US, one of the leading customers for eHealth is the Department of Defense. Here the DOD’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is working with GE Global Research in a two-year research study with the U.S. Army to evaluate soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan for traumatic brain injuries (TBI)–estimated to affect 20-30%–and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).  Passive activity sensors will collect data on the sleep quality, rest and activity cycles and brain activity of wounded soldiers for assessment with the aim of enabling better, earlier treatment.  Based on the release, at least some of the system will be based on existing and ‘future-generation’ GE QuietCare behavioral monitoring.  The study, which will take place at Fort Gordon, GA, was funded through a $2.7 million Congressional initiative through TATRC and will involve researchers from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Center For Telehealth at the Medical College of Georgia.  GE Global Research release.   TATRC website  (see also short notice on their ATA 2010 one day meeting on mobile health and cell phone applications)