The “DANA” includes 5, 20, and 45 minute neurocognitive tests and psychological survey questions. The data will help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injury and identify depression, post-traumatic stress, and other neurocognitive issues. The game-like test includes exercises that score a soldier’s speed and accuracy. A (potentially in-theater) doctor analyzes the post-injury test, and compares it to pre-deployment baseline tests.
The FDA approved tool was reliable in when studied in harsh combat environments. Johns Hopkins researchers found its results correlated highly with the mini-mental state examination. It will supplement, not replace, the current hand written Military Acute Concussion Evaluation as an in-theater assessment, and the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric used for a pre-deployment baselines.