American Samoa in the Pacific is home to a reserve unit from the 100th Infantry Battalion and, being 2300 miles from Hawaii, lacks access to mental health care. A container has been adapted as a three-booth videoconferencing unit and the army reports that service people who would never have sought care are coming forward now that they do not need to make long trips. Apart from being a classic case of creating a service-led demand perhaps, it is good to see the military making sensible use of resources and letting the bandwidth do the flying. This article in the Army Times also talks about the benefits and difficulties of using smartphones for consultations in war zones. Smart phones could help bridge treatment gap.
Steve Hards, Editor
Sara Jackson, over at FierceMobileHealthcare made a bit more of the story than we did…