TATRC Looks to the Future with New Simulation Environment
June 29, 2018 | Download PDF
TATRC’s simulation team has completed the first phase of a new capacity and capability for research, development and analysis, a medical modeling, simulation and visualization environment (MMSVE). Following last year’s successful TATRC open house, a proposal was submitted to TATRC Director, COL Dan Kral, by the Medical Modeling, Simulation and Visualization (MMSV) team. The proposed idea to develop a permanent, simulated military medical setting to replicate the Role 1 and 2 environments was accepted and is well underway. This new testing environment is located right here at TATRC, within the Innovation Campus’ field tents. The MMSVE is intended to support the widest possible range of TATRC research efforts, providing a realistic testing ground for past, current and future research efforts, encouraging cross-domain and laboratory collaboration.
The new MMSVE will allow TATRC research efforts to more fully explore and analyze projects during all stages of development. This capability offers the opportunity to rapidly test research and development efforts, make iterative improvements of these efforts and potentially accelerate the efficiency, desired end-state of lines of research and their interoperability with existing and complementary research efforts throughout TATRC and its partners. The MMSVE incorporates the ability to model, simulate and visualize (Table 1) research and development projects in more realistic operational environments.
TATRC’s new MMSVE adds an additional 800 square feet, and includes two simulation spaces, and areas for pre-briefings and after action review. The laboratory will also be outfitted with a comprehensive audio-visual system to allow for video recording and archiving, as well as the capability to create immersive virtual environments, sounds and other environmental characteristics.
The MMSVE provides several full-bodied, computer-driven human patient simulators, capable of simulating a wide array of medical conditions and injuries. The simulators can be used for testing and experimentation of current and future technologies, procedures and interventions for military health needs. The lab will also provide a variety of partial task trainers. The laboratory is outfitted with equipment sets for combat medics and the majority of Role 1 and 2 care needs. The MMSVE also provides an operational telemedicine lab, accredited medical information center, allowing for testing of prototype secure communications and data devices. These capabilities can further be integrated to allow for multi-lab concepts testing and systems modeling and simulation, to evaluate research efforts across the entire casualty care spectrum.
With all of these new capabilities, the MMSVE provides new and enhanced opportunities for TATRC’s research and development activities, specifically, the ability to perform early-stage testing of research programs, the ability to conduct comprehensive evaluation and analysis of funded research efforts, and promotion of integrated, collaborative research and development activities both intramural and extramural, across multiple labs. “This investment represents an exciting opportunity for the labs at TATRC to work together bridging our research efforts in a simulated military environment. We now have an environment to support military medical modeling, simulation and visualization of current and future research and development activities from the point of injury through the entire telemedicine environment,” stated Mr. Geoffrey Miller, MMSV Lab Manager and Research Scientist.
References: C. D. Combs, John A. Sokolowski, Catherine M. Banks (2016). The Digital Patient: Advancing Healthcare, Research, and Education (Wiley Series in Modeling and Simulation), pp 35-38. New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN: 978-1-118-95275-7.
This article was published in the June 2018 issue of the TATRC Times.