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VA Technical Reference Model v 20.4

Home Therapy System (HTS) iNet
Home Therapy System (HTS) iNet Technology

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Description: Home Therapy System (HTS) iNet is a computerized binocular home vision therapy program. The technology allows users to adjunct the in-office therapy protocol or to utilize HTS iNet as a standalone home therapy program. HTS iNet is designed to improve eye muscle coordination and strength in a step-by-step manner and may only be used if prescribed by physicians. The regimen incorporates three stages: improving muscle function, performing muscle functions without effort, and repeating exercises to build new habits.

Each exercise requires using the mouse or arrow keys on the computer`s keyboard to respond to different targets. When responding correctly, the program slightly increases the difficulty of the exercise while responding incorrectly slightly decreases the difficultly of the exercise. A `beep` tone is used for every correct response and a `boop` tone is used for every incorrect response. Progress and performance controls the exercise regimen so that it is automatically customized to needs of the user.

This technology utilizes a proprietary database structure. The files are only accessible through the program to decrypt and read the file. Each userID account for this technology contains a `userprefs.lst` file. This encrypted file contains the data structure for all the data, results, times, dates, etc. The userID represents a file transfer protocol (FTP) account on the vendor`s server that stores this data for the doctor to review. The vendor uses a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) secured HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) tunnel to encrypt the normal FTP traffic to and from the server. The files are also stored locally on the computer. Additionally, the program can also be run in offline mode. In this case, the data is only saved to the local computer.

This entry covers the Desktop Edition of this technology and not any mobile versions. Please note that the implementation of mobile technology applications that operate on Mobile Operating Systems must be reviewed and approved by the Mobile Technology and Endpoint Security Engineering Team: http://vaww.eie.va.gov/SysDesign/CS/MT/default.aspx
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at Section508@va.gov.
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v20.4
Decision Date: 04/30/2020
Aliases: HTS Computerized Home Therapy; HTS
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: HTS
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/30/2020).