VA tries sensors to ease driving stress for veterans with PTSD

Many veterans with post traumatic stress disorder experience difficulty driving. Now, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System is using sensors to track every movement — from a driver’s breathing to pressure on the gas pedal —  to find out how to help.

Researchers are using Fujitsu Laboratories of America’s (FLA) remote monitoring technology to time-synchronize the data they gather.

Sensors are attached to the steering wheel, brake pedal, and gas pedal in a veteran’s car. They also record heart rate and respiration, and combine that data with the car’s location and factors on the road that might trigger PTSD symptoms. GPS data from an iPhone can determine location at every instant.

Read more about the research in InformationWeek Healthcare.  “The advantage of this very precise measurement is that we can be more sure that our treatment is working or not working,” said Steve Woodward, staff psychologist at the VA’s National Center for PTSD, in an interview with InformationWeek.

Read a press release from Fujitsu about the collaboration to help veterans with PTSD here.

Read a broader story about research into veterans with PTSD and driving here.







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