The United States Department of Defense has proven a major backer of mobile technologies for the health and well-being of soldiers and military personnel.
Earlier this month, the DoD released BioZen, a mobile app that uses wireless sensors to show users their physical level of relaxation. The Department says this is “the first portable, low-cost method for clinicians and patients to use biofeedback in and out of the clinic.”
This week, the T2 Mood Tracker, a Department of Defense smart phone application developed for monitoring emotional health, has been updated with key new features.
According to a public statement, the T2 Mood Tracker now has the ability to send information to home computers and health care providers.
Developers of the app at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, added many requested features in the latest version released last month. The feature most requested by users was the ability to send their personal information to their home computers for long-term tracking, and to share that information with their health care providers or use it in therapy.
“An essential part of therapy is the ability to understand a patient’s behavior,” says Dr. Julie Kinn, T2 psychologist. “The best way to do this is to record it as it happens over an extended period. When that information is collected after the fact, especially about moods, it tends to be inaccurate. T2 Mood Tracker’s success with users is because of the easy and accurate way it collects their information.”
Since it’s release in 2010, the T2 Mood Tracker mobile app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.