Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

Technology Improves Behavioral Health Services

By CPT Cory Gerould SPC Jeffrey Villar (seated), a Behavioral Health Specialist with the 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, speaks with a Soldier from a distant location on the telebehavioral health (TBH) system at Forward Operating Base Walton, Afghanistan, in November. TBH provides real-time videoconferencing and an atmosphere similar to that of face-to-face interactions in a more traditional setting. (Photo by CPT Cory Gerould.) 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 […]

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

Military Surgeons Association Names MC4 Top IT Team

LTC Rafael G. Semidei Sr. (on screen), a psychiatrist with the 883rd Medical Detachment (Combat Stress Control), and SGT Marie Swieta, Noncommissioned Officer in Charge with the 547th Area Support Medical Company (Combat Stress Control), demonstrate the tele-behavioral health system in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo courtesy of Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4).) 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 […]

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

S&T Notebook: Looking to the Future

By Dr. Scott Fish COL Lary Chinowsky, Dr. Scott Fish’s Military Assistant, presented the keynote address at the 19th Annual U.S. Army Research Laboratory/United States Military Academy (ARL/USMA) Science Symposium in Atlantic City, NJ, speaking to ARL researchers and Cadets. Here, Cadet Zackary Brownlee, U.S. Military Academy, prepares various methanol concentration solutions for fuel cells at the Army Research Laboratory. (U.S. Army photo by ARL.) 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 […]

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

New Mobile-Ready Guide Available for Medical Recording

Deployable medical staff use MC4 to document and track patient care, digitally manage medical supplies, and conduct health surveillance in the combat zone. (U.S. Army photos.) A new interactive guide to help deployed medics, nurses, and commanders in recording medical information is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, the Combined Arms Center – Training announced. In August, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program released the Commander’s Guide to MC4 Version 2.0 on the Army Training Network 2 Go (ATN2GO) application, following the initial release of training materials in April. In July, the ATN added concussion and traumatic brain injury training materials specifically […]

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

S&T Notebook: Taking the Pulse

By Dr. Scott Fish The DASA R&T kiosk in the ASAALT exhibit at the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition showcased programs and initiatives. (Photo by McArthur Newell, BRTRC/U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.)   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. Time has really flown—it is hard to believe that we are at the beginning of November! It certainly has been a busy time for me and for many people in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT). At the end […]

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

Smartphone Application Simplifies Field Data Collection and Analysis

By Megan Holland A USACE Emergency Operations worker uses the MICA application to capture levee data. (Photo courtesy of USACE.) Researchers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, have created a faster, more efficient way to collect and manage field data, using one of the most common technologies in today’s market: smartphones. With the ERDC-developed Mobile Information Collection Application (MICA) software, data can be captured digitally, saving hours of writing forms and inputting data into spreadsheets. Thanks to the progress of technology, today’s phones do much more than make calls. Most come equipped with cameras, GPS, compasses, wireless capability, and […]

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

SPIDERS to Weave Web of Cyber, Energy Security

By Dana Finney Microgrids use a combination of technologies to produce electricity and allow facilities to be “islanded” from the central grid. This microgrid serves the NTT power company’s facility in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons, 2006 and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) A Joint Capability Technology Demonstration will use a distributed energy circuit, or microgrid, combined with other elements to ensure that critical military missions have a reliable, secure electrical supply after a power outage due to natural disasters or attack. Called “Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security” (SPIDERS), the project will explore the advanced controls needed for utility-connected and islanded (operating without a connection […]

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

New Analytic Tool Supports Master Planning for Net Zero Installations

By Dana Finney Master planners and energy managers can study select buildings’ energy loads using the Net Zero Energy Tool. Here, Vince Guthrie (from left), Fort Carson, CO Utilities Program Manager, Cambrey Torres, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Engineer, and Hal Alguire, Director of Public Works, discuss the LEED features of Fort Carson’s Wilderness Road Complex. (U.S. Army photo by Susan C. Galentine, Fort Carson.) The first tool of an integrated virtual model to help installations meet the Army’s ambitious Net Zero goals provides engineering analysis for planners seeking to achieve Net Zero energy at the facilities level. The new tool, which debuted at the GovEnergy conference in Cincinnati, […]

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

AQUA PATH: Safe Water for Soldiers and Civilians

By Dr. Clint Smith ERDC Research Biologist Dr. Clint Smith prepares the first six prototypes of AQUA PATH wireless geospatial networked biosensors for field testing and evaluation at Belmont Bay of the Potomac River in Woodbridge, VA in the summer of 2008. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) Water supply safety and quality for human use create major challenges for both our deployed forces and homeland security. Current operations in Afghanistan, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Pacific Command, and other worldwide locations need safe water supplies to ensure stability and security for local populations. Water for the warfighter in theater is a limited resource and can halt major military […]

Tracking Data Through the Storm

Tracking Data Through the Storm

By Dr. Jesse McNinch and Kerry Larsen Researchers test the Coastal LIDAR and Radar Imaging System tracked vehicle at the ERDC Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.) The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is on the cutting edge of mobile mapping systems for coastal areas, using remote sensing to measure depths and land elevation, as well as waves and currents. Dr. Jesse McNinch and Dr. Katie Brodie, researchers in the ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL), have designed the Coastal LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and Radar Imaging System (CLARIS). Using LIDAR technology coupled with radar, the pair has […]