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November 2019

Army Lt. Col. Jason Barnhill, a faculty member of West Point and the Uniformed Services University’s Department of Radiology, poses for a photo with a 3D printer capable of biofabrication that could expedite repair or perhaps replace damaged tissues for troops injured on the battlefield. (Courtesy photo)
1 November, 2019 Medical tools, supplies 3D printed in desert deployment

The ability to 3D print a variety of healthcare-related products in deployed locations would greatly benefit the nation’s warfighters.

A recent pilot program conducted by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in collaboration with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has shown that a 3D printer capable of biofabrication could expedite repair or perhaps replace damaged tissues for troops injured on the battlefield.

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September 2019

A drone lifts off during the Hive Final Mile demonstration on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Drones are one of the autonomous technologies that might soon be helping medics provide care for warfighters on distant battlefields. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacqueline A. Clifford)
15 September, 2019 Unleashing innovation to support field medics, corpsmen

Imagine unmanned vehicles bringing medical supplies or blood products to support a field medic’s care of wounded soldiers, or even transporting a wounded warfighter to safety. Researchers at the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, or TATRC, are collaborating with the services, academia, and private industry to make such scenarios a reality.

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June 2019

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28 June, 2019 TATRC Civilians Shine this Summer During a Busy Award Season!

Congratulations to our Senior TATRC Leaders for their invaluable contributions and dedication to advancing military medicine.

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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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COL Jeremy C. Pamplin, TATRC’s 10th Director.
28 June, 2019 TATRC Welcomes Newest Director, COL Jeremy C. Pamplin to the Helm

On 20 June, COL Jeremy C. Pamplin took the reins from COL Gina Adam as the tenth Director to serve at the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center.

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28 June, 2019 Team TATRC Let the Good Times Roll at the 24th Annual Organization Day

Good friends, good food, and a good time was had by all as Team TATRC came together for the 24th Annual Summer Picnic & Org Day! Just over 60 people were in attendance for a fun day of food, fellowship, and relaxation as we looked back on the past year’s successes and achievements.

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28 June, 2019 TATRC’s Beloved Science Director Assumes New Virtual Health Role at OTSG

There was big news in the world of Virtual Health earlier this summer, as TATRC’s “Optometrist to the Stars,” Dr. Fran McVeigh officially moved up (or down) the road to the Office of the Surgeon General as the Army’s Director of Virtual Health!

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28 June, 2019 TATRC Says Au Revoir to Outgoing Director, COL Gina E. Adam

When COL Gina Adam arrived at TATRC to assume her Directorship in late July of 2018, she hosted a meet and greet with TATRC staff where she stated, “The time is right for TATRC to find its voice in the new research landscape, and I’m glad to be here to lead in that direction.” Now, as we thank COL Adam for her dutiful and dedicated leadership and say farewell as she assumes command of the United States Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA), we can proudly and graciously say that TATRC has indeed found that voice.

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28 June, 2019 USAMRMC Finds a New Name… and Home

Time to update your TATRC rolodexes, as TATRC’s overarching command was both moved and renamed in an announcement during a Fort Detrick town hall meeting that took place on 31 May. Senior Army leaders redesignated the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC), as well as realigned MRDC from the Army Materiel Command (AMC) to be under the newly inaugurated Army Futures Command (AFC).

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BG Michael Place and TATRC Director, COL Jeremy Pamplin, stand at attention during COL Pamplin’s promotion ceremony.
28 June, 2019 Congratulations to our Esteemed Director, Newly Promoted Colonel Jeremy Pamplin

It was a picturesque day; the sun was shining and a light breeze had Old Glory waving proudly in front of the scenic backdrop of Nallin Pond for our esteemed Director, Jeremy Pamplin’s promotion to Colonel!

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TelePFC Medic Team supported by TelePFC Remote Monitoring and TelePFC Remote Specialist.
28 June, 2019 TATRC Hosts Prolonged Field Care Demonstration with Madigan Partners

On 21 May, TATRC had the pleasure of hosting a talented team of individuals from Madigan Army Medical Center’s Telemedical Research for Operational Support (TR4OS), who, along with TATRC Director COL Jeremy Pamplin, carried out a demonstration of telementoring capabilities for prolonged field care (PFC). The 2-day event took place in TATRC’s outdoor simulated field environment.

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Key staff representing our organization at this year’s Pentagon Lab Day! From left: Ms. Samantha Hornby (BHSAI), Mr. Nate Fisher (MISL), Mr. Geoff Miller (MMSV), and then-Director COL Gina Adam.
28 June, 2019 TATRC Participates in its 3rd Pentagon Lab Day

Team TATRC had the honor and pleasure of being a part of the third biennial Department of Defense Lab Day 2019 held at the Pentagon Courtyard hosted by the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)) which took place on 25 April.

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The SHORESH Team enjoys a meal. From left: Dr. Jaques Reifman (BHSAI), Dr. Gary Gilbert (MISL), and then-Director COL Gina Adam.
28 June, 2019 Shalom from the SHORESH Meeting in Israel

Senior members from Team TATRC traveled the globe to participate in this year’s SHORESH Meeting, which was hosted by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) in Tel Aviv and took place 8 – 12 April. COL Gina Adam, TATRC’s Director at the time, attended with both Dr. Jaques Reifman and Dr. Gary Gilbert, who were invited to give specific presentations on their individual areas of expertise.

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A paratrooper savors his morning cup of coffee between firing missions at Grafenwohr, Germany where the 4-319 Field Artillery of the 173d Airborne Brigade is training. John Hall/Army
12 June, 2019 US Army scientists improving alertness optimization app with caffeine algorithm

Short on rest but no time to nap? The U.S. Army has your quick fix caffeine map.

A team of Army researchers, including Jaques Reifman, a senior research scientist at the Army Medical Research and Development Command, has built a “caffeine optimization app,” known as 2B-Alert, that notifies its users when they should drink a cup-o-joe.

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May 2019

Soldiers with the newly-redesignated U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command apply patches signifying their alignment under Army Futures Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland, May 31, 2019. (Photo Credit: Ms. Lori Salvatore (Army Medicine))
31 May, 2019 Same Goal, Same Mission: Town Hall Marks USAMRMC Redesignation to USAMRDC

Army leaders redesignated the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command as the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command during a town hall at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on May 31.

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Medical personnel from Regional Health Command-Pacific, Madigan Army Medical Center, Telemedical Research for Operational Support, the 250th Forward Surgical Team and other medical assets utilize virtual health capabilities to treat a simulated patient during the recent Joint Warfighting Assessment April 23 to May 10 in Yakima, Washington. Regional Health Command-Pacific tested several virtual health capabilities during JWA 19. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo)
17 May, 2019 Virtual health technology among capabilities tested during JWA 19

YAKIMA, Wash. - Members of the Regional Health Command-Pacific team recently executed virtual health capabilities testing with partner agencies during the U.S. Army's largest annual joint-multinational live exercise.

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Geoffrey Miller, a research scientist at the Army's Medical Research and Materiel Command, shows how medics may one day us a heads-up display that can connect them to a surgeon in a hospital for help when treating personnel on the battlefield. (Matthew Cox/Military.com)
3 May, 2019 Army Medical Researchers Want Head-Up Displays for Combat Medics

U.S. Army medical researchers want to equip combat medics with a head-up display so they can connect with surgeons in the rear for help with critically wounded troops on the battlefield.

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April 2019

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Carra, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group optometry officer in charge, performs an eye exam for a U.S. Soldier, March 9, 2019, at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. Carra and Tech. Sgt. Marquita Moore, 379th EMDG optometry noncommissioned OIC, 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 service members at other deployed locations throughout U.S. Central Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
5 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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Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley discusses the changing character of war and where Army sustainment is heading in the future. (Photo Credit: Samuel Curtis)
1 April, 2019 RHC-C Telehealth expert retires

As the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark A. Milley has spearheaded the Army's transformation to build readiness. Earning his commission from Princeton University in 1980, Milley has gained a reputation for being a Soldier's Soldier and battle-tested commander throughout his 39-year career.

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March 2019

Chuck Lappan, Regional Health Command - Central health systems specialist, discusses telehealth initiatives during a class at Army Medical Department Center and School. (Photo Credit: Ms. Erin Perez (Regional Health CommandCentral))
19 March, 2019 RHC-C Telehealth expert retires

A Regional Health Command -- Central health systems specialist, who has impacted virtual health for beneficiaries from all services of the Armed Forces -- both stateside and deployed - retires this month.

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Col. (Dr.) Tyler Harris, an orthopedic surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center, observes as a student in the battlefield emergent skills triad training performs one of the medical tasks he learned at Fort Bragg, N.C., Feb. 7, 2019. The student wore augmented reality glasses that allowed Harris to observe their actions from the student's point-of-view. (U.S. Army photo by Eve Meinhardt, FORSCOM PAO) (Photo Credit: Eve Meinhardt)
14 March, 2019 How to save lives: Army developing training to expand medical capabilities

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The U.S. Army is one step closer to increasing the ability of non-surgical medical personnel in remote locations to potentially save the lives of severely injured Soldiers thanks to continuing efforts by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Womack Army Medical Center and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command -- Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).

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7 March, 2019 "Stop the Bleed": The Simple Art of Saving Lives

It's only been since the early 1990s that CPR training has been available to the general public, and this simple training has saved countless lives. MRMC's 'Stop the Bleed' campaign aims to save even more lives with training to treat traumatic hemorrhage.

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The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center is leveraging new technologies and cutting-edge research to develop concussion care tools and protocols that prioritize early identification and individualized treatment to maximize warfighter brain health. (MHS graphic)
3 March, 2019 DoD recognizes Brain Injury Awareness month, promotes warfighter brain health

Every year, the Defense Department recognizes March as Brain Injury Awareness month to increase awareness of traumatic brain injury. Throughout the month, the Military Health System will provide tools and resources to educate the military community, and those who support them, about TBI.

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February 2019

Representatives of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) presented the Col. David Ristedt, commander, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Feb. 5 with a gift signifying their appreciation for EAMC's supporting role and recognizing the clinicians and staff who supported their deployed soldiers in a telemedicine proof-of-concept project. Pictured are Kevin J. Orr, Regional Health Command-Atlantic Virtual Health director; Dr. Joseph Wood, RHC-A Virtual Health chief medical officer; Capt. Collin Welch, 5th SFGA; Ristedt and Command Sgt. Maj. William Allen, EAMC. (Photo by John Corley/RELEASED) (Photo Credit: John Corley)
21 February, 2019 Joint proof-of-concept project shows value of telemedicine

FORT GORDON, Ga., Feb. 21, 2019 -- In August 2016, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Telehealth, Europe Regional Medical Command Telehealth and Eisenhower Army Medical Center Telehealth partnered in a pilot program to support forward-deployed special forces medics with video, email and telephonic consultative services using EAMC's on-call specialty care providers. The provider specialties included orthopedic surgery, general surgery and critical care.

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December 2018

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31 December, 2018 A Message from the Director

“Change is the only constant in life.”
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, circa 500 BC

I suppose the Greeks figured it out a long time ago, so it should not surprise us how much change we are faced with on a daily basis. TATRC has certainly experienced a vast amount of change over the past year: in its leadership, its focus, and even its command! Still, the men and women who make up TATRC have accepted, adapted to, and continue to overcome the challenges that change presents to us.

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LTC(P) Pamplin discussed Virtual ICUs/Mobile ICUs at AMSUS.
31 December, 2018 TATRC Deputy Director Speaks at AMSUS on Virtual & Mobile ICUs

LTC(P) Jeremy Pamplin, a critical care medicine physician and TATRC’s newest Deputy Director, was a featured speaker at the 2018 Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) Annual Meeting.

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LTC (P) Pamplin (left) and COL Adam (right) showed their Holiday Spirit at TATRC’s 23rd Holiday Party.
31 December, 2018 ‘Tis the Season for Celebrating Innovation

Another joyful and fitting end to a highly productive year as Team TATRC celebrated their 23rd Annual Holiday Party! The TATRC staff, along with family, friends, and alumni came together over great food, great games, teambuilding activities, and the perennial favorite … TATRC’s Infamous Year in Review Holiday Slideshow!

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31 December, 2018 Science Director’s Corner: How do TATRC’s Science Efforts relate to Defense Secretary’s frequently asked question, ‘What does your line of effort contribute to Warfighting?’

We at TATRC take the Secretary of Defense’s question very seriously and have internalized the Secretary’s question in all that we do. Before proposing new efforts and/or evaluating ongoing work, we dive deeper and ask ourselves a more specific question, “How do TATRC’s knowledge and materiel products increase the Warfighters’ lethality, will, and readiness?”

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COL Adam, presenting parting gifts in appreciation of Mr. Harvey Magee’s contributions to TATRC.
31 December, 2018

TATRC Hosts Officers from the Korean Armed Forces Nursing Academy

On Tuesday, 13 November, TATRC had the distinct honor of hosting three senior military leaders from the Korean Armed Forces Nursing Academy for a morning of briefings on our key initiatives and focus areas, followed by an interactive tour and demonstration of our top technologies in the areas of Simulation, Unmanned Systems and Robotics, and Operational Telemedicine.

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A Soldier uses the Advanced Virtual Support for Operational Forces system, or ADVISOR, during the Army Best Medic Competition held in September at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis.
3 December, 2018 ADVISOR system medical lifeline for operational forces

The Advanced Virtual Support for Operational Forces system, or ADVISOR, coordinated through the Army Virtual Medical Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, provides 24/7/365 on-demand telephone consultations with on-call specialty providers during emergencies.

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A prototype of a female mannequin for use by the U.S. Army's medics has been produced by Orlando's Simetri.
3 December, 2018 With women in combat, the Army needed a training dummy for medics. An Orlando company delivered it.

The U.S. Army has allowed women to serve in combat for about two years now, opening up new challenges for male medics who have had little training in how to treat wounded women on the battlefield.

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November 2018

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8 November, 2018 TATRC Welcomes COL Gina E. Adam, as its 9th Director

With great excitement, the staff at TATRC warmly welcomed COL Gina E. Adam, former Commander of the Cold Regions Test Center in Fort Greely, Alaska, to lead the team. COL Adam assumed Directorship from Acting Director, Mr. Tim McCarthy on 30 July.

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Soldiers demonstrate loading a casualty onto the unmanned Squad Multi-Purpose Equipment Transport (SMET).
8 November, 2018 4th Annual Open House Adds New, Live Simulated Medical Scenarios to its Lineup

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) hosted its fourth annual open house and technology demonstration at Fort Detrick 12 September.

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TATRC’s new incoming Deputy Director, LTC (P) Jeremy Pamplin (left) and TATRC’s outgoing Deputy Director, Mr. Timothy McCarthy (right) sit down to chat about the organization and to pass the baton.
8 November, 2018 TATRC Deputy Director Sails Off Into the Sunset while New Deputy Takes the Helm

After 2 years of serving as both Deputy Director and Acting Director of TATRC, along with a dedicated life of work in the federal sector, Mr. Timothy McCarthy has retired from Civilian Service. The TATRC Times sat down with Mr. McCarthy and new incoming Deputy Director, LTC (P) Jeremy Pamplin for a collegial chat about where TATRC has been and where it is headed.

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TATRC’s new Director, COL Gina Adam (left) was introduced to research partners and key stakeholders within the MHS during the event.
8 November, 2018 TATRC Shines at Annual MHSRS

The 2018 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) offered a great opportunity for members of the TATRC team to present their current research efforts.

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Team TATRC at DHITS 2018 in the MHS booth.
8 November, 2018 DHITS 2018 Conference: The Calm Before the Storm

DHITS, the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) annual IT Symposium took place 23 – 26 July this year in Orlando, Florida. Returning to the Caribe Royale Resort and Convention center for the 5th consecutive time, DHA Director, Vice Admiral Raquel Bono opened the conference this year with a message aimed at both rallying confidence and calming nerves across the enterprise.

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Col. Douglas Maurer, from Fort Sill's Health Readiness Center, administers a virtual periodic health examination for a Soldier at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. (Photo Credit: Joel McFarland)
1 November, 2018 Next doctor appointment might be a mouse click away

Technology shapes our future and redefines our perception of normal. What was once considered science fiction is now science fact.

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October 2018

Photo By Courtney Dock | The U.S. Army Surgeon General and the Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command, Lt. Gen. Nadja West, and MEDCOM Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg spoke during the Army Medicine Leadership Forum Oct. 11, 2018, on Fort Belvoir, Va. The priority of the leader forum is MEDCOM’s way forward during a time of significant transformation in the overall Army. (U.S. Army photo by Courtney Dock)
11 October, 2018 It’s all about ‘our readiness and our lethality’

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Senior leaders from across all of U.S. Army Medical Command converged for a leader forum at Fort Belvoir Oct. 11, 2018. The priority of the leader forum is MEDCOM’s way forward during a time of significant transformation in the overall Army.

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11 October, 2018 Doctors move away from using live animals for trauma surgery training

(Reuters Health) - An initiative to replace the use of live animals with a human simulator for trauma surgery practice got training programs in more than 20 countries to make the switch, saving them money in the process, researchers say.

The simulators are anatomically realistic and allow trainees to practice surgical skills and invasive procedures such as chest tube insertion, airway punctures, and draining fluids from the body, the study authors write in the Journal of Surgical Education.

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Lt. Col. (Dr.) Christopher Colombo, the director of Virtual Health and Telecritical Care and intensive care physician, and Kristina Ieronimakis, a registered nurse, provide overwatch for a joint exercise with the Navy for Fleet Week in Madigan Army Medical Center's Virtual Critical Care Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. on Oct. 3. (Photo Credit: Ryan Graham (Madigan Army Medical Center))
10 October, 2018 Virtual care puts Madigan experts in the mix

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (Oct. 11, 2018) -- Medics are trained for the immediate care of the injured, wounded and seriously ill. Caring for patients for extended time periods or performing complex procedures have not traditionally been a significant part of their training. As medical techniques and equipment are pushing the bounds of their lifesaving capacity and aid is rendered in more and more austere locales, medics are required to do more before handing a patient off to the next level of care.

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Field medics use telemedicine technology capabilities to connect to the doctor for specialized assistance with an escharotomy at TATRC, Fort Detrick, Sept. 7. Photo by Lori DeBernardis, TATRC Public Affairs.
9 October, 2018 New training mannequins bleed, breathe, move, scream -- all to help Soldiers save lives

The U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, held a telesurgical consultation test and evaluation event at TATRC, 4-7 September 2018. TATRC conducted a proof-of-concept capabilities study to meet research objectives on multiple systems to perform tactical telemedicine & communications integration testing, as well as operational and technical proof-of-concept research objectives for Prolonged Care.

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Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., train one another on using the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Exportable (TC3X) system, a medical trauma training mannequin, Oct. 4, 2018. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright)
5 October, 2018 New training mannequins bleed, breathe, move, scream -- all to help Soldiers save lives

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Personnel from the office of the Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, or PEO STRI, brought new, technologically advanced medical training mannequins to Fort Benning Oct. 1 to increase the realism of medical trauma training and ultimately save lives and limbs.

The mannequin, which is called a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Exportable, or TC3X, can scream, breathe, bleed and move, and it has arteries, lungs and a blivet for storing fake blood when the mannequin bleeds.

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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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