Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC)

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December 2020

Ms. Jeanette Little, Division Chief, Digital Health Innovation Center.
31 December, 2020 DHIC Division Chief Honored with a 2020 Women in Leadership Impact Award

Congratulations are in order as our very own Digital Health Innovation Center (DHIC) Division Chief, Ms. Jeanette Little, was selected as a 2020 G2Xchange Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Award Winner!

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Mr. Scott Kotz, Technical Project Manager, Digital Health Innovation Center
31 December, 2020 TATRC Welcomes New Technical Project Manager to the Ft. Gordon Team

Mr. Scott Kotz joins the TATRC’s Digital Health Innovation Center’s team as a new technical Project Manager. He will primarily be focused on maintaining the extensive workflow for the TATRC development team at the Fort Gordon office in Augusta, GA.

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31 December, 2020 Project BOOM Update

Demonstrations for Project BOOM, the Blast Over-pressure Exposure Monitoring effort, encompassing the Weapons Firing Log mobile app and web portal features, are near complete.

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Operational view of Project ‘FOXTROT’ (Forward Operating Base EXpert Telemedicine Resource Utilizing MObile Application for Trauma).
31 December, 2020 FOXTROT Use in CONUS for Teleophthalmology During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ATRC’s Digital Health Innovation Center’s FOXTROT project continues its trail blazing campaign in the realm of teleophthalmology. As reported in prior editions of TATRC TIMES, TATRC’s DHIC team continues its partnership with the U.S. Air Force 59th Medical Wing in further developing the secure mobile application FOXTROT, which focuses on the treatment of ocular trauma in remote deployed locations.

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September 2020

BEMO is accessible both by desktop and mobile app for iOS and Android.
30 September, 2020 DHIC’s Blast Exposure Monitoring Project Continues Development

Work on the Blast Over-pressure Exposure Monitoring project continues as TATRC’s Digital Health Innovation Center (DHIC) programmers are developing a weapons firing log mobile application and a web portal, known as BEMO, within the mCare / MHCE system in support of the Joint Health Risk Management Enhanced Capability Demonstration (JHRM ECD) program which is a research collaboration between Defense Health Agency (DHA), the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO CBRND) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

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Forward Operating Base Expert Telemedicine Resource Utilizing Mobile Application for Trauma (FOXTROT) is featured in JAMA Ophthalmology this past August.
30 September, 2020 Project ‘FOXTROT’ Featured in JAMA Ophthalmology Journal

A peer review journal article summarizing the results of deploying the TATRC Digital Health Innovation Center (DHIC) research project known as ‘FOXTROT,’ was published in JAMA Ophthalmology this past August.

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Ms. Tabitha Waldrop,Telehealth/Virtual Health Project Manager, Digital Health Innovation Center.
30 September, 2020 Employee Spotlight: Congratulations to TATRC’s Q4 Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Tabitha Waldrop of TATRC’s Digital Health Innovation Center (DHIC) located in Fort Gordon, GA for being recognized as the organization’s Employee of the Quarter for Quarter 4! Tabitha has been performing double duty for TATRC since the inception of the Technology in Disaster Environments (TiDE) efforts which commenced this past spring to support the COVID-19 response.

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June 2020

BEMO is accessible both by desktop and mobile app for iOS and Android.
30 June, 2020 TATRC’s mHIC Brings the “BOOM”

Known internally to TATRC as “Project BOOM,” the Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) team is developing a weapons firing log, mobile application and a web portal within the mCare / Mobile Health Care Environment (MHCE) system to help environmental health professionals track longitudinal Warfighter exposures to blast overpressure during live fire weapons training.

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30 June, 2020 mHIC’s FOXTROT Awarded the 2020 Federal Health IT Innovation Award

The 2020 Federal Health IT Innovation Awards were announced in early June, and TATRC was one of the awardees!

This year’s event, originally scheduled for March, moved to a virtual platform on 3 June due to the COVID-19 pandemic and featured an interactive and engaging online event.

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30 June, 2020 TATRC-Clemson Partnership Continues to Thrive and Yield Results in Telehealth

The long awaited publication of TATRC’s partnership with Clemson University on assessing the impact of mCare on the Patient Activation Measures (PAM scores) of Diabetics based out of Nellis Air Force Base (NAFB) and Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) was officially published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) this May.

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Zaheir achieved this impressive feat on top of working full time, teaching night courses, and being a devoted husband and father to 5 kids!.
30 June, 2020 mHIC Senior Developer, Zaheir Razak, Earns a Second Master’s Degree

Zaheir Razak, a senior developer supporting TATRC Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) at Fort Gordon, Georgia is one of their rising stars! In May 2020, while working full time, he graduated from Georgia Tech with a second Master’s Degree.

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March 2020

Mr. Robert “Rob” Chewning, Project Manager/Project Officer with the Mobile Health Innovation Center.
31 March, 2020 TATRC Congratulates Q - 2 Employee of the Quarter, Mr. Rob Chewning!

Congratulations are in order for Mr. Robert “Rob” Chewning for being named TATRC’s Q2 Employee of the Quarter. Rob is a Project Officer with the Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) and serves as the on-site lead and supervisor for all of TATRC’s Project Officers.

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Mr. Nathanael “Nate” Montgomery is the Mobile Health Innovation Center’s (mHIC) Employee of the Quarter.
31 March, 2020 TATRC’s mHIC Office Recognizes Mr. Nate Montgomery as Q 2 Employee of the Quarter

Mr. Nathanael “Nate” Montgomery is the Mobile Health Innovation Center’s (mHIC) Employee of the Quarter at TATRC’s Fort Gordon office, in Augusta, Georgia for Quarter 2. Nate works as a mobile developer at the mHIC and is directly responsible for the mobile app design, deployment and feature updates for the lab’s Mobile Health Care Environment (MHCE) system.

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December 2019

Our golf team for the day, left to right: TJ Brown, Turner Stevenson, Nate Montgomery and Marvin Cole.
31 December, 2019 Team mHIC Takes to the Links for Charity

On Friday, 11 October, mHIC staff members from our office at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia took to the links in the name of charity. Mr. Marvin Cole, Mr. TJ Brown, Ms. Tabitha Waldrop and Mr. Nate Montgomery took time away from the office to volunteer and participate in the Blake Hadden Memorial Golf Tournament. This local tournament was established in 2018, in memory of a young native Augusta golfer whose life ended too soon.

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31 December, 2019 TATRC’s mHIC Team Collaborates at Clemson University

On 10 October 2019, Ms. Jeanette Little and Ms. Amanda Schmeltz from TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) in Fort Gordon spent the day at the Clemson University School of Public Health, in an extensive working session where they collaborated with Dr. Ron Gimbel and his team of researchers to discuss key findings and results from their latest research study, and finalize details for some upcoming peer reviewed publications.

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Mr. Ronnie “Dean” Parrish, is mHIC’s Q1 Employee of the Quarter.
31 December, 2019 mHIC Announces its Employee of the Quarter for the Ft. Gordon Team

Congratulations are in order for Mr. Ronnie “Dean” Parrish of TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA. Mr. Parrish is dual hatted and serves as a mobile application and web portal developer for the MHCE system, and was specifically recognized this quarter for his efforts to develop and field the beta version of an ocular trauma mobile telemedicine application known as FOXTROT.

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TATRC mHIC Deputy, Ron Yeaw, pictured with LTC Tim Cho, Chief of Preventive Medicine, ARNG on the right and MD-ARNG Deputy State Surgeon, LTC Bill Fox on the left, among others, at a PR2ME kick off with the Maryland National Guard Medical Office.
31 December, 2019 National Guard Announces Proof-of-Concept Pilot of TATRC Readiness App

Over the past 2 years, the Army National Guard (ARNG) and TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) have been working collaboratively on a medical readiness app called ‘PR2ME’ (Portal for Ready and Resilient Individuals Using Mobile Enterprise). PR2ME, a component of the Mobile Health Care Environment (MHCE) system, is a novel and secure mobile application that ARNG citizen-soldiers can use on their personal devices to complete the DoD Periodic Health Assessment (PHA), Part A.

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Operational view of Project ‘FOXTROT’ (Forward Operating Base EXpert Telemedicine Resource Utilizing MObile Application for Trauma).
31 December, 2019 TATRC’s Mobile Health Project ‘FOXTROT’ Trots into the Spotlight

Ocular Expert Visits TATRC Fort Gordon Campus

The last week of September brought a welcome visit to the Mobile Health Innovation Center’s (mHIC) Ft. Gordon team as LTC Jennifer Stowe visited for two full days of collaboration and further project planning for the highly acclaimed Forward Operating Base EXpert Telemedicine Resource Utilizing MObile Application for Trauma (FOXTROT) project.

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September 2019

Forward Operating Base EXpert Telemedicine Resource Utilizing MObile Application for Trauma also known as “FOXTROT” is one of the two mHIC projects under development.
30 September, 2019 Two New Projects Under Development Utilizing mHIC’s MHCE

TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) successfully utilizes its Mobile Health Care Environment (MHCE) platform for the implementation of research and pilot evaluations to determine the clinical impact on care coordination between patients and providers utilizing an encrypted, bi-directional mobile messaging system.

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Ms. Amanda Schmeltz, COL Jeremy Pamplin, & Mr. Ron Yeaw representing one of the many TATRC posters during the scientific poster session.
30 September, 2019 TATRC Research Shines at 2019 MHSRS

Team TATRC made their way to the sunshine state in Kissimmee, Florida from 19 – 23 August for the MHS Research Symposium (MHSRS). The Annual MHSRS, held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting that focuses on Combat Casualty Care (CCC).

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30 September, 2019 DHA Looks Closely at mCare as a Possible Enterprise Wide Platform

Mr. James West and Mr. Patrick Arida, both of the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Virtual Health (VH) Program Management Office visited TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) at Fort Gordon earlier this summer for an all-day information sharing session between both offices. As DHA VH evolves, many changes in strategies, staff, and capabilities are occurring which bring quite a lot of uncertainty and challenges.

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Mr. Ron Yeaw (left) and COL Jeremy Pamplin (right) share the stage to discuss the future or Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).
30 September, 2019 TATRC Arrives at DHITS 2019 with a Bold Vision

“One Team, One Mission – Enabling MHS Transformation” was the powerful theme of this year’s 2019 Defense Health Information Technology Symposium (DHITS) Conference which took place from 29 July – 1 August. COL Jeremy Pamplin, TATRC’s Director, Mr. Ron Yeaw, mHIC’s Lab Deputy, and Mr. Edward Kensinger, mHIC Project Manager participated in this exciting event which took place in Orlando, FL

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A Green Beret Medic assigned to 4th Battalion/3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) utilizing BATDOK in support of a simulated burn victim during a prolonged field care training exercise July 18, 2019, in Greenville, N.C. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Steven Lewis)
30 September, 2019

MP7: TATRC Participates in Highly Immersive Prolonged-Field Care Training Event

From 16 - 19 July, COL Jeremy Pamplin, TATRC’s Director led Mr. Ron Yeaw, Mobile Health Innovation Center Deputy Lab Manager, and Mr. Jimmy Gaudaen, Project Officer to the North Carolina mountains where they participated in the 7th Mountain Path (MP7) Prolonged Field Care (PFC) Training event with the 4th Battalion/3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ragged Edge Solutions (RES) Training Center in Tarboro, NC.

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June 2019

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28 June, 2019 It’s PR2ME Time for the Army National Guard

The 2019 Army National Guard’s (ARNG) annual Medical Team Conference (MTC) was held at Camp Dawson, West Virginia from 4 - 10 May. Nearly 350 participants from the 54 States and Territories engaged in briefings, small group discussions, and interactive demonstrations, that all focused on innovation and process improvement as they support the Army’s strategic priorities of lethality and sustained readiness.

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28 June, 2019 mHIC’s New Mobile Health Pilot Project with JPEO CBRN Defense

In the 4th quarter of FY19, TATRC commenced an exciting new partnership with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (JPEO CBRN) Defense team on a pilot research and technical demonstration effort.

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28 June, 2019 Virtual Health Solutions for Multi-Domain Operations

In FY19, a new research area, known as Virtual Health (VH) awarded its first funding. Ms. Jeanette Little from TATRC serves as a capability area manager (CAM) for this new research portfolio. This is significant since the Army research portfolios are realigning efforts to address the priority areas for our future Warfighters.

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April 2019

Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Carra (left), 379th Expeditionary Medical Group optometry officer in charge, performs an eye exam for a U.S. Soldier March 9 at Camp As Sayliyah (CAS), Qatar. Carra and Tech. Sgt. Marquita Moore, 379th EMDG optometry NCO in charge, travel to CAS once a week to provide eye care for Soldiers who, in turn, fabricate glasses prescribed for Airmen at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, and servicemembers at other deployed locations throughout U.S. Central Command.
8 April, 2019 Military to bring eye care to front lines with mobile app

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) --
Eye injuries in a deployed setting can be a significant setback for any Airman, but new telemedicine capabilities are helping to keep them in the fight.

With funding from the 59th Medical Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, Air Force and Army medical researchers are developing a HIPAA-compliant smart phone application to connect providers downrange with on-call ophthalmologists either in-theater or at a clinic.

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March 2019

TATRC’s mHIC Lab Manager, Ms. Jeanette Little participated in a panel discussion with NASA researchers at SpaceCom 2018!
31 March, 2019 TATRC launches New Remote Home Monitoring (RHM) Project with the BAMC Virtual Medical Center and Walter Reed

This Spring, members of TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC), visited both the Army’s Virtual Medical Center within Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), in San Antonio, TX and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).

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mHIC partners with the U.S. Air Force 59th Medical Wing Science & Technology (59 MDW/ST) Chief Scientist’s Office in a new research effort entitled Forward Operating Base Ocular Trauma Telemedicine Triage and Stabilization (FOB OT3S)
31 March, 2019 FOB OT3S / FOXTROT: A New Collaborative Effort between TATRC’s mHIC and 59th Medical Wing Science & Technology Office

TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) launched a new research effort with the U.S. Air Force this past March. This joint effort is in partnership with the 59th Medical Wing Science & Technology (59 MDW/ST) Chief Scientist’s Office, which is a novel collaboration for TATRC to date.

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Mr. Rick Eshman, IT System Administrator
31 March, 2019 mHIC Welcomes New IT System Administrator to the Ft. Gordon Office

Mr. Richard “Rick” Eshman recently joined the TATRC team as an IT System Administrator supporting the Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) at our Fort Gordon office.

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Congratulations Ms. Esmilda “Angie” Hill!
31 March, 2019 Retirement of Ms. Esmilda “Angie” Hill

On 31 January, Ms. Esmilda “Angie” Hill retired from TATRC after 31 years of dedicated civilian service. Angie served as the Executive Administrative Assistant for TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA.

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Congratulations Ms. Esmilda “Angie” Hill!
31 March, 2019 mHIC Receives Full Authority to Operate (ATO) for the MHCE-R / mCare system

On 2 January, TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC), located at Fort Gordon, GA, received a full Authority To Operate (ATO) under the new Defense Health Agency (DHA) Risk Management Framework (RMF) certification system for the Mobile Health Care Environment Research (MHCE-R).

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December 2018

TATRC’s mHIC Lab Manager, Ms. Jeanette Little participated in a panel discussion with NASA researchers at SpaceCom 2018!
31 December, 2018 TATRC Participates in NASA’s SPACECOM Conference

The NASA Human Research Program (HRP) team at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX extended an invitation to TATRC to participate in a panel presentation on 27 November 2018 during the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition (SPACECOM).

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Soldiers waiting for MEDEVAC
31 December, 2018 TATRC Revisits Tracking Battlefield Casualty Care through Joint mHIC/MISL SBIR

TATRC is excited to announce the launch of two new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to address tracking combat casualty care in the pre-hospital setting. TATRC’s “Patient Transportable Tactical Combat Casualty Care Capability” SBIR is aimed to finally solve a decades old problem… tracking casualty care documentation on the battlefield.

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FOBOTS3S to utilize tele-ophthalmology to improve and extend ophthalmic trauma in remote deployed environments. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez)
31 December, 2018 FOBOTS3S: A New Air Force Research Partnership in 2019

In FY18, TATRC was invited to partner with the United States Air Force Ophthalmology Element Leader at the Warfighter Eye Center in Joint Base Andrews.

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Mr. John “Eric” Smalls, IT Support Specialist
31 December, 2018 TATRC Welcomes new IT Support Specialist at the Fort Gordon Office

Mr. John “Eric” Smalls joined TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) at Fort Gordon as an IT Support Specialist with specific duties in Network and System Administration with the Geneva Foundation.

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November 2018

Mobile device with mCare app and diabetes monitor
8 November, 2018 TATRC Hosts Virtual Medical Centers to Discuss Remote Health Monitoring for Diabetic Patients

In early August, TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) in Fort Gordon, GA, hosted representatives from both of the Virtual Medical Centers (VMEDCEN)s located at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, to discuss leveraging mHIC’s Mobile Health Care Environment (MHCE) system and its secure mobile app, mCare, as an interim solution for remote health monitoring (RHM) of diabetic patients.

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Screenshot of profile/appointment information for patients’ future surgical visits
8 November, 2018 Summer Launch of the Peri-Operative Surgical Patient Education AAMTI Initiative

This summer the lab team at TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) launched phase one of the “Development of a Mobile Web-Based Application for Pre and Post-Operative Patient Education of the Military Surgery Patient” pilot project.

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Mobile device with mCare app and diabetes monitor
8 November, 2018 TATRC Kicks Off MHCE Project with Army National Guard

On 9 August, TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) held its first official kick-off meeting with the Army National Guard (ARNG) for a partnership pilot project to connect National Guard Bureau members with their assigned units to assess their readiness levels.

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TATRC Welcomes New IT Support Specialist to the mHIC Team
8 November, 2018 TATRC Welcomes New IT Support Specialist to the mHIC Team

Mr. Michael “Mike” D. White joined the TATRC team in this summer as an Information Technology (IT) Support Specialist. He is working out of the Fort Gordon branch office of TATRC, supporting the Mobile Health Innovation Center’s (mHIC) intramural lab activities.

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October 2018

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2 October, 2018 US Army to Use Fitbits in RPM Pilot Program at 2 Military Hospitals

The US Army will be using more than 500 Fitbit activity trackers in a remote patient monitoring program at two military hospitals.

The US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) is budgeting almost $81,000 to purchase the mHealth wearables through a sole-source contract. Some 540 Fitbit Charge 2 activity trackers will be used in an RPM pilot program at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and Walter Reed National Medical Center in Washington DC.

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June 2018

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29 June, 2018 New mHIC Partnership with Army Flagship Hospital Announced

TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) received funding for an exciting Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) project supporting the Army’s premiere OCONUS Flagship, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC). This month, mHIC received word that the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) had approved the request to fund a joint partnership research study between TATRC and LRMC.

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29 June, 2018 TATRC Goes Dutch — Medical Officers get VIP Tour and Demo

On 6 June, TATRC had the distinct honor of hosting three Dutch Military Medical Officers, representing the Netherlands Surgeon General’s office. COL Albert Riedstra, Lt. COL Eric Onnouw, and Lt. COL Marc de Bruijn were on site to visit USAMRMC, and came to TATRC specifically to learn about Virtual Medicine, Operational Medicine, Robotic & Autonomous Systems, and Medical Modeling & Simulation.

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Photo of COL Dan Kral (left) and Mr. Rick Wise (right)
29 June, 2018 TATRC Loses a Wise Guy

On 31 July 2018, TATRC will be losing a longstanding, vital member of the government team at our Fort Gordon office. Richard “Rick” W. Wise will be retiring with 13 years of civil service, from June 2005 to July 2018.

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29 June, 2018 TATRC Helps New Partner Go Mobile

TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) is currently in active discussions with the Army National Guard (ARNG) to utilize TATRC’s mCare platform to meet several of their own emerging mobile medical needs. ARNG and TATRC have signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that is in the final stages of legal review to begin the historic partnership. Once approved, the MOA will allow for the transfer of resources between the two organizations to make the mutual software development collaboration a reality.

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April 2018

Military Medicine is the official international journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)
13 April, 2018 mHIC Peer Review Article Published in Military Medicine

On 28 December 2017, TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC) had a peer review article entitled, “Does Mobile Care (‘mCare’) Improve Quality of Life and Treatment Satisfaction Among Service Members Rehabilitating in the Community? Results from a 36-Wk Randomized Controlled Trial” published online by Military Medicine. The article appears in the current version of the journal.

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Ms. Jeanette Little, TATRC’s mHIC Lab Manager, recognized by Marquis Who’s Who.
13 April, 2018 TATRC mHIC Lab Leader Receives Distinguished Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award

In January 2018, Marquis Who’s Who Publication announced that Ms. Jeanette R. Little, Lab Manager for TATRC’s Mobile Health Innovation Center (mHIC), was one of the recipients of their most recent round of Humanitarian Awards and will be included in the 2018 Edition of the Marquis Who’s Who biographical volume.

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Brooke Army Medical Center (Photo Credit: EMIC Med Photo)
13 April, 2018 TATRC Visits BAMC’s Virtual MEDCEN

On Tuesday, 30 January, a multidisciplinary team from TATRC visited the newly established Brooke Army Medical Center’s (BAMC) Virtual MEDCEN (VMEDCEN) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in support of the Office of the Surgeon General’s (OTSG) G3/5/7 Virtual Health Office.

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