Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Upgrading Army Medical Training

Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) a company located in Orlando, received a contract to continue the build-out of the High Fidelity Physiology Model (HFPM) to integrate with medical simulation training systems to provide a real-time representation of human physiology.

Last year, ECS began R&D for HFPM to provide the medical training community with an open-source, stand-alone, and interoperable model capable of simulating multiple patients in real time. Since then, ECS has been able to integrate the physiology model with their “Virtual Medic™” (vMedic) and NEXUS virtual world.

The vMedic application combines the Army’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulation (TC3Sim) and the USMC’s Computer Based Corpsman Training System to create a single application to help meet the needs of the military’s medical first responders. vMedic has the capability to use game engine-based simulations and state-of-the-art instructional strategies that immerse students into scenario-driven events.

The ECS long term vision is to enhance HFPM and make it available to all real-time simulation systems. ECS is working on various avatar-based learning technologies to distribute to meet the Army’s training and education requirements by combining 3D virtual worlds, immersive learning environments, virtual classrooms simulation-based training, and collaborative online knowledge repositories.

In another training gain, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) system is making it possible for soldiers to train on EHRs and medical command and control apps using their personal or approved iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

Version 2.0 of the “Army Training Network 2 Go” (ATN2GO), a stand-alone mobile application includes tools to guide users of the MC4 system. This helps the military staff document and track patients and their care, digitally manage medical supplies, and conduct health surveillance in the combat zone.

ATN2GO operates through iTunes which is not authorized for use on government computers. Soldiers can download the application to a personal computer from the Army Training Network (ATN) website via a common access card or with Army Knowledge Online credentials. Tutorials and resources on the ATN website guide users through the installation process.

MC4 is continuing to work with ATN to expand application training and to build upon the soldiers’ proficiency with the MC4 system. In the next year, MC4 will extend its training materials to Army distributed learning sites to enable commanders to assign soldiers training paths as well as to evaluate and sustain their unit’s readiness with the MC4 system.

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