03 June 2016

Army Deputy Surgeon General Brig. Gen. Robert D. Tenhet, left, learns more about the latest in simulation and technology from the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center Director Col. Daniel Kral, center, and TATRC Lab Manager Harvey Magee, right, during TATRC’s 2nd Annual Open House and Technology Demonstration May 6. Photo by Adam Wyatt, TATRC Public Affairs.
TATRC Holds Open House Technology Demonstration
Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC Public Affairs
The U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center held their 2nd Annual Open House and Technology Demonstration May 6 at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

The theme for this year’s event was “Supporting Military Readiness through Innovative Technologies,” and it allowed guests to experience firsthand over 45 projects that demonstrate the TATRC’s capabilities.

The event had over 300 registered guests that ranged from the areas of academia, industry and military.

The TATRC, an office of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, conducts and supports research through its six key laboratories and programs which include: computational biology, health information technology, mobile health, medical modeling and simulation, operational telemedicine and the AMEDD Advanced Medical Technology Initiative Program.

“The MHIC lab seeks technical solutions to answer real world medical needs,” said Jeanette Little, director of the TATRC Mobile Health Innovation Center Field Office, as she discussed her lab’s work. “We’re very excited to be able to take part in the Open House and show people how our work is affecting Service Members and veteran’s lives.”

The MHIC lab looks at mobile devices and figures out how they fit into telehealth. One example showcased was the mCare mobile application and the Mobile Health Care Environment Research platform, which allows for the implementation of research and pilot evaluations to determine the clinical impact on care coordination between patients and providers by using an encrypted, bi-directional mobile messaging system. The system conveys information direction to a HIPAA compliant app that is installed on the patient’s personal cell phone.

With an extensive network of partners, TATRC expertise is focused on the entire research spectrum, from early stage innovative research to technology demonstrations and implementation to benefit the Warfighter.

TATRC labs actively collaborate with commercial entities and academic institutions to address the requirements of our medical research programs through special funding and partnership opportunities.

Dr. Jaques Reifman, along with members of his team, was on hand to discuss how his laboratory is using computational solutions to accelerate the research and development of military relevant medical products.

Reifman is the director of TATRC’s Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute, and in December he received his second Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award.
“The BHSAI has developed a smartphone app called 2BAlert that can measure Soldiers’ alertness based on how much sleep they’ve had and their caffeine consumption,” said Reifman showcasing one of his team’s projects.

“We developed a formula that allows us to mathematically capture how the Service Members will perform when they are sleep-deprived, and when they take some kind of countermeasures, such as caffeine. The information from the app would allow the Service Member or their leader to make strategic decisions to fulfill their missions.”

The TATRC’s work continues to support military readiness across the military health system, and events like the Open House highlight the range of their competency areas and research portfolios.

For more information on the TATRC and its labs and programs, visit: www.tatrc.org.
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