Wednesday, July 28, 2010

AAMTI Looking for Solutions

The Army Advanced Medical Technology Initiative (AAMTI) is searching for medical solutions to help service members at home and abroad. Recently, AAMTI issued their FY 2011 Request for Submission System Policy and Procedures document. The plan incorporates a Request for Submission for pre-proposals for FY 2011 with pre- proposal submissions due August 29, 2010. The Request for Submission for pre-proposals can be found at

This program is open to Army Medical Department (AMEDD) personnel only. However, collaboration with industry, academia, and other military services is permitted, but the Principle Investigator must be part of the AMEDD personnel and the funding must go to an AMEDD facility or command.

The major objective of the AAMTI is to provide technologies to enhance full spectrum force health protection, improve the skills and efficiency of care providers, increase access to healthcare, improve the quality of healthcare, and reduce the costs and time needed to deliver healthcare. The program is essentially designed to foster and encourage new projects that reflect medical technology entrepreneurship.

The FY 2011 program seeks a broad range of medical informatics submissions to streamline and enhance the documentation of medical encounters, develop heterogeneous databases to be queried for research into evidence-based medicine, perform information analysis, and integrate speech recognition technology into the healthcare delivery environment.

Of particular interest are technologies to:

• Address medical issues associated with TBI/PTSD
• Develop technologies to improve education for both patients and providers
• Work on applications that use cell phones and other technologies to monitor patients
• Demonstrate technologies that will enable medical care to help in remote and underserved populations
• Develop technologies that reduce the administrative burden within AMEDD
• Develop telesurgical applications to include real-time surgical consultations from theatre and between AMEDD medical facilities

In another development, Zargis Medical Corporation has just received a contract from the Army to develop an investigational device. Zargis will be developing a prototype version of their Signal-X6™ telemedicine system that will incorporate automated heart sound detection and murmur classification functionality. The development of the investigational device is being funded by TATRC through the AAMTI program and the $120,000 contract will begin August 1st.