Innovation as business, not buzzword
July 26, 2016
Four ways government misunderstands innovation, and how to reframe the discussion.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
PTSD Coach, smartphone app aimed at helping soldiers deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, has already been downloaded by more than 5,000 veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense announced.
"This new tool is about helping Veterans and Service members when and where they need it," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "We are encouraged so many have already downloaded this resource and hope many more will utilize this convenient tool to access VA services."
The app lets users track their PTSD symptoms, links them with public and personalized sources of support, provides accurate information about PTSD, and teaches helpful strategies for managing PTSD symptoms on the go.
Ninety-six percent of the users so far are located in the United States. The app has also been downloaded in 25 other countries.