The DoD Safe Helpline app, a self-care app created by RAINN on behalf of the Department of Defense, has won the 2013 American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) President’s Award for Innovation. The award recognizes advances in telemedicine through innovative new technology development.
ATA is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies; its members include technology leaders such as Accenture and Intel; major healthcare providers such as Mayo Clinic and WellPoint; and federal agencies such as USAMRMC
The Safe Helpline app is a free tool that allows sexual assault survivors in the military to create a customized self-care plan. The self-care plan and exercises are stored only on your mobile device, so they remain completely confidential. Once you download the app, you don’t need an internet connection to use it. Download the app from the iTunes store .
“The goal in creating the Safe Helpline app was making sure that it offered a completely unique experience – allowing users to confidentially care for themselves on their terms and on-the-go, without internet access,” said Jennifer Marsh, RAINN’s vice president for victim services.
The app also includes customizable imagery and relaxation techniques; resources for Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and transitioning Service members; and detailed information about sexual assault effects, prevention and recovery. Survivors can also use the app to access Safe Helpline’s online helpline, and use it to call the telephone helpline, at no cost, from wherever they are stationed, anywhere in the world.
ATA will present the award to representatives from the Defense Department and RAINN at its annual convention this month in Austin, TX.
To learn more about the app, visit: safehelpline.org