By Jeffrey Soares, USAMMDA Public Affairs
In October, the U.S. Army launched Project Convergence 2021, a six-week exercise designed to bring together Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps personnel to experience more 100 new technology products to show how US joint forces can use these various elements to execute key strategic objectives. This second annual event, held at Army sites in Arizona and New Mexico, focuses on the soldier-centered design of these products to ensure that tools and / or equipment adopted by the military meet to the strict requirements of the military on the ground. The exercise concluded with a day of brief exposure at the Yuma Proving Ground on November 9.
This year’s event featured a substantial presence from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, and included an in-depth product demonstration of the Transportation Telemedicine Systems Hands-Free Unified Broadcast System – or TTS MEDHUB – product. which is developed and managed by USAMRDC’s US Office of Combatant Health, Performance and Evacuation Project of the Army Medical Equipment Development Activity. Through the use of electronic user devices currently in the field, TTS MEDHUB provides automated hands-free and voiceless communication for triage and controlled medication forms, reducing the burden on physicians during patient transport from point of injury to a medical treatment facility.
Jay Wang, TTS MEDHUB Product Manager, performs program acquisition planning, product development and product design for the device. Having led the TTS MEDHUB team for the past five years, he is keenly aware of the capabilities and importance of the system in today’s battlefield environment.
âTTS MEDHUB was created as a solution to the lack of communication skills and medical documentation,â Wang said. âOperational evaluations and developmental testing supported the development of software and hardware for the medical mission. “
When asked to elaborate on the importance of the PC21 exercise and the participation of TTS MEDHUB, Wang was clear on both aspects.
âProject Convergence is the Army’s new learning campaign, designed to advance and aggressively integrate our military’s contributions to the Joint Forces overmatch. It guarantees that the army, within the framework of the joint struggle, can quickly and continuously integrate the effects in all fields to outdo our adversaries in competition and conflicts, âexplained Wang.
âMedical is not currently using any tactical bandwidth,â he continued. âTTS MEDHUB is the first and only medical program on the Blue Force Tracker tactical satellite network that has received both airworthiness clearance and authorization to operate on the tactical network. “
Over the past 18 months, the TTS MEDHUB system has been used in various scenarios to demonstrate its value and effectiveness in emergency situations, and it has passed every test with praise. In March 2020, the 30th Medical Brigade stationed in Sembach, Germany, requested an automated generation of tactical casualty care documentation and a nursing station capability for its roles 1 to 3 during a training exercise on field. Wang said the TTS MEDHUB clinic provides nurses, doctors and other staff with quick access to individual patient data and provides better knowledge of the condition, medications, treatments and injuries of the simulated patients. This has allowed for better communication, increased documentation and more accurate patient records, which will improve patient care in the future.
In addition, the U.S. Army Medical Assessment and Test Activity conducted an independent operational assessment with the TTS MEDHUB during a field training exercise led by the 44th Medical Brigade at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, in 2019. Wang said the assessment demonstrated that the operational capability of the TTS MEDHUB was appropriate and effective, supported the medical mission, and facilitated enhanced care for the fighter from point of injury to role 3.
Currently, doctors at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland-Baltimore use the TTS MEDHUB for their trauma patients en route on Maryland State Police AW-139 helicopters. Wang said that care providers in the UMB traumatic resuscitation unit now have better situational awareness regarding each patient’s condition and the treatments being administered.
Aimee F. Dacanay is Deputy Product Manager for the TTS MEDHUB team, responsible for product planning, team management and contract execution. Similar to Wang, she remains confident in the capabilities of the TTS MEDHUB system, and is proud to demonstrate the device at PC21.
âOur team is pleased that in July, TTS MEDHUB obtained provisional test authorization at PC21, and that the US Army Futures Command accepted all test artifacts and cybersecurity analyzes allowing TTS MEDHUB to integrate, to test and demonstrate the capability of the system on the Tactical Network during the exercise, âsaid Dacanay. âTTS MEDHUB is the only medical device to receive IATT for PC21, and the only medical device in the Department of Defense Integrated Tactical Network that is compatible, usable and secure to operate on the network. Completion of IATT and involvement in PC21 validates system interoperability with current and future operational networks, and systems within our military’s all-domain operations landscape. “
Wang and his team believe TTS MEDHUB’s near-zero tactical bandwidth is a critical breakthrough, as the device only uses one byte per second to help save soldiers’ lives. The system automatically captures and stores medical data from patient care devices wirelessly.
âDuring exercise PC21, TTS MEDHUB will transmit medical data to the field hospital via the integrated tactical network PC21 to the patient awareness support system TTS MEDHUB at the tactical operations center and hospital in campaign, thereby increasing situational awareness for commanders and the receiving processing facility. TTS MEDHUB is the only PC21 medical program integrated into ITN, and it will be connected to the Future Vertical Lift (82nd Airborne Division aircraft installed with ITN), âsaid Wang.
Wang believes that the demonstration of the TTS MEDHUB system during PC21 will benefit commanders, medics and the military in the future. Using the capabilities of the system, Wang said commanders had better situational awareness of casualties on the battlefield, medics improved documentation with less overhead while allowing them to better monitor multiple patients thanks to the automation, and the military receives better patient care in properly prepared, deployed hospitals.
âThe gain is a revolutionary type of medical capability, network accessibility and near real-time situational awareness for the tactical environment,â Wang said.
USAMMDA is a subordinate command of the United States Army Medical Research and Development Command under the Future Army Command. As the premier developer of world-class military medical capabilities, USAMMDA is responsible for the development and delivery of essential products designed to protect and preserve the lives of fighters around the world. These products include drugs, vaccines, biologics, medical support devices and equipment designed to maximize casualty survival on the battlefield.
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