Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

Taking Telemedicine to the Front Lines

[author type="author"]Jeffrey M. Soares[/author] In an age of smartphones and high-tech gadgets galore, it may be surprising to hear that one of the next “big things” coming out of the electronics arena is being spearheaded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD.  Since 2009, the USAMRMC has been directing, developing, and refining handheld telemedicine devices that could help save lives in theater. The culmination of this effort is drawing near for one of the candidate projects.  “The TEMPUS Pro is an advanced compact telemedicine system intended to support combat casualties in forward areas near point-of-injury on the battlefield,” said Dr. Gary Gilbert, Chief […]

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

Laser Detecting Sets Ensure Air Crews’ Safety

[author type="author"]Brandon Pollachek[/author] In a Connecticut industrial plant, far from the battlefields of Afghanistan, a system that has provided Soldiers with vital protection reached a significant milestone on Dec. 7, which happened to be the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000th AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set (LDS) from the Goodrich Corp. during a ceremony at the contractor’s facility in Danbury, CT. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy; BG Harold J. Greene, Program Executive Officer Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S); and COL John Leaphart, Project Manager Aircraft Survivability Equipment, spoke to an audience of 500 employees, members of the Connecticut National […]

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

New Neurophysiology Device Helps Treat Soldiers in Combat Zone

[author type="author"]Dan Kennedy[/author] The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA), a subcommand of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, recently fielded a Nihon Kohden Multi-Modality Neuro Device, responding to an Operational Needs Statement from the Afghanistan Theater of Operations (ATO). The device provides neurophysiological studies for forward troops, keeping Soldiers in the fight. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device synchronizes various modules, coordinates data, and provides a detailed analysis of vital recordings. A theater neurologist then interprets the findings to determine the patient’s disposition. Ruling out mild and moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) until now has been extremely difficult within the ATO. This new device allows Soldiers […]

Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

[author type="author"]CPT Cory Gerould[/author] As the brigade psychologist for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, using telebehavioral health (TBH) to conduct consultations has significantly increased my ability to provide services to a greater number of Soldiers more efficiently and quickly. Additionally, TBH has helped reduce some of the challenges that arise in connecting Soldiers with health providers downrange. Commanders cannot always readily determine when a Soldier may need behavioral health services, particularly when a Soldier denies having problems or is not ready to ask for help. Taking a Soldier out of the fight for several days would have considerable impact on the mission, not to mention the logistical […]

USAMRMC Protects Soldiers Against Unseen Enemy

USAMRMC Protects Soldiers Against Unseen Enemy

[author type="author"]Jeffrey M. Soares[/author] The new adenovirus vaccine, which replaces an older version that has been out of production for more than a decade, was shipped to basic training sites in October, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) announced.  Adenovirus infections cause approximately 15,000 illnesses per year in basic trainees, said Dr. Lawrence Lightner, USAMRMC Project Manager for Pharmaceutical Systems. Every vaccine tablet has been delivered to the nine basic training sites in all branches of the U.S. military during the initial phase of fielding. Immunizations began at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Fort Sill, OK, on Oct. 24. Use at the seven other basic training sites began […]

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

The U.S. Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) Program has earned the distinction of having the 2011 top information technology (IT) team from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). The AMSUS Information Technology Award honors organizations that have made significant contributions in IT, specifically those that improve the effectiveness and cohesiveness of federal health care initiatives. In 2010, MC4 helped field the rapid expansion of technology used to connect Soldiers remotely with mental health physicians in the combat zone. The Army’s MC4 Program, within Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems,  trains, fields, and supports IT systems that allow deployable medical staff to document and […]

AbilityOne Partnerships a ‘Good Fit’ for Army Contracting

AbilityOne Partnerships a ‘Good Fit’ for Army Contracting

[author type="author"]David San Miguel[/author] One needs only to read the headlines, listen to the radio, or watch the evening news to learn that the unemployment rate is high and that thousands of people are without jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor statistics reports that the Nation’s unemployment rate for November stood at 8.6 percent—meaning an estimated 13.3 million Americans are without work. Employment can prove even more challenging for disabled people, said Deborah A. Ault, Chief, Contracts Division, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Knox, KY. Ault was recognized in March as an AbilityOne Champion by NISH, formerly the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped. According to […]

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

[author type="author"]Dr. Scott Fish[/author] This is a regular column by Dr. Scott Fish, Army Chief Scientist, on activities in the Army science and technology (S&T) community and their potential impact on Army acquisition programs. A lot of exciting and great things have occurred since the last time I reported out to everyone. One of the most significant was the change of duty by LTC Amanda Greig back to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center and her replacement by COL Lary Chinowsky as my new Military Assistant. COL Chinowsky has hit the ground running and has already represented me at the 19th Annual  U.S. Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) Science Symposium […]

Nominations Invited for 63rd Annual Flemming Awards

Nominations Invited for 63rd Annual Flemming Awards

The George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission are accepting nominations for the 63rd annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Dec. 9 is the deadline to submit nominations.   The Flemming Awards honor federal government employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service on either a sustained basis or through a single exceptional accomplishment achieved or completed during 2011. Awards are made in five categories: Leadership and/or Management. Legal Achievement. Social Science, Clinical Trials, and Translation Research. Applied Science and Engineering. Basic Science. Any career civilian employee of the federal government or member of the uniformed services who has at least three, but no more than 15, […]

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

Acquisition Education and Training Corner: November 2011

DAU Senior Service College Fellowship The 2012-13 Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) announcement is open from Nov. 15 through March 15, 2012, to all eligible GS-14s and 15s who have met their current position certification requirements. The 2012-13 DAU-SSCF will be offered at Huntsville, AL, Warren, MI, and Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. For more information, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/announcement/. Federal Executive Institute Announcement The Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership for a Democratic Society announcement is open through June 13, 2012. Any interested GS-15s who have met their position certification requirement should read the announcement at http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/federal-executive-institute-leadership-for-a-democratic-society/ for additional information and details on specific offerings and submission requirements. Starting […]