Educational Workshops Train Military Providers to Integrate Mobile Apps into Clinical Care

As the Education and Training Program lead at Defense Health Agency (DHA) Connected Health, I get a lot of questions from providers about what to expect from one of our mobile health training workshops. My answer? You’ll get a ton of great information on integrating mobile health applications into your clinical care, including what you need to know about security, privacy and ethical issues. These workshops are interactive, allowing clinicians to role-play sessions and gain hands-on, practical experience that can be integrated into their clinical care.

Who Attends These Workshops
Led by military clinicians, the workshops are open to military providers from a range of disciplines. That includes psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers and psychology technicians. We’ve found that this diversity in clinical teams provides the richest learning experience, and we limit the group size to 50 so the training can be more interactive, which is the most effective way to learn.

What You’ll Learn
Our workshops focus on the core competencies needed to confidently, effectively and safely use Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs mobile apps to support patient care. These competencies are:

  • Evidence Base: Reviewing the investigational evidence that indicates the effectiveness of mobile health techniques.
  • Clinical Integration: Understanding the key steps to effective and efficient integration of mobile health into clinical care.
  • Security and Privacy: Identifying and problem-solving security and privacy issues.
  • Ethical Issues: Providing a forum for didactic material and open discussion of ethical issues pertaining to the conduct of telepsychology.
  • Cultural Considerations: Assessing perspectives and potential biases regarding integration of mobile health in care and its potential impact.

How You’ll Learn
Expect a lot of interaction and role-playing! In the workshops, our master instructors describe several mobile health apps and explain how providers can introduce them to their patients. Then you’ll role-play conversations with ‘patients’, including discussions about security and privacy. We want you to leave the training thinking, “I know exactly what to say. I know exactly how I’m going to do this, and I’m going to explain it using words I feel comfortable with.”

How to Participate
DHA Connected Health offers six to eight workshops a year at military treatment facilities around the world. In the past three years, we held 20 workshops in 15 locations and trained around 800 military providers. Join a free training session near you today — I’m confident that both you and your patients will benefit.

Christina Armstrong, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Program Lead for the Education & Training Program at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
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