The U.S. military has a new mobile app in its arsenal to help clinicians diagnose cases of traumatic brain injury in as little as five minutes in almost any setting, including forward-deployed combat environments.

The app, called the Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA), runs on a variety of mobile platforms and recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. Once fully validated for battlefield use, Department of Defense officials say the software may be used to assist healthcare providers and to help assess fitness for duty and triage needs. DANA includes a library of standardized cognitive and psychological assessments, with three versions that range from a brief five-minute screen to a 45-minute complete assessment.

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