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VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) collaborated with SoldierStrong to provide VA medical facilities with a virtual reality (VR) program that helps Veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recover from these challenges. BraveMind, developed by Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo and his team at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, is a VR therapy program that leverages cutting-edge technology to make therapy more effective and more appealing to Veterans and patients. Dr. Reger, collaborating with Dr. Skip Rizzo, wanted to make sure BraveMind could be available for Veterans with diverse experiences, so he brought the BraveMind prototype with him as he deployed to Iraq to get real-time feedback from soldiers to make the program look and feel as real as possible. Following the deployment, he worked with the BraveMind team to incorporate his learnings into the final product that Veterans benefit from today. The VR program is designed to ensure that Veterans and patients are able to experience this unique form of therapy in a safe and supportive environment, ultimately leading to a progressive healing process. To date, 28 VA medical facilities are utilizing BraveMind to support Veterans experiencing PTS and PTSD to recover from these challenges.

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January 2019, VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE)


28 successful


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AK: Fairbanks VA Clinic (Fairbanks) CA: Loma Linda VA Clinic (Loma Linda Redlands) CA: Palo Alto VA Medical Center-Menlo Park (Palo Alto Menlo Park) ID: Boise VA Medical Center (Boise) KS: Colmery-O'Neil Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Topeka) LA: New Orleans VA Medical Center (New Orleans) MA: Edward P. Boland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Central Western Massachusetts) MI: Oscar G. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility (Iron Mountain) MO: Kansas City VA Medical Center (Kansas City, Missouri) MS: Biloxi VA Medical Center (Biloxi) MS: G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Jackson, Mississippi) MT: Travis W. Atkins Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic (Bozeman) NC: Charles George Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Asheville) NV: Ioannis A. Lougaris Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Reno) NY: Margaret Cochran Corbin VA Campus (Manhattan) NY: Syracuse VA Medical Center (Syracuse) OK: Ernest Childers Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic (Tulsa) RI: Providence VA Medical Center (Providence) TN: Johnson City VA Clinic (Johnson City) TX: Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans' Hospital (San Antonio, Texas) TX: Dallas VA Medical Center (Dallas) TX: Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Houston) VA: Hunter Holmes McGuire Hospital (Richmond, Virginia) WA: Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center (Walla Walla) WA: Seattle VA Medical Center (Seattle)
  • Started adoption on 08/2016.
WI: Clement J. Zablocki Veterans' Administration Medical Center (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) WV: Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center (Huntington, West Virginia) WV: Martinsburg VA Medical Center (Martinsburg)

There are no in-progress adoptions for this innovation.

There are no unsuccessful adoptions for this innovation.