Getting medical equipment to wounded warfighters

2020 Government Innovation Awards

Data-based first aid for wounded soldiers

A consistent bright spot in the Army’s management of medical records is the Health Assessment Lite Operations (HALO) application designed by the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care.

Health Assessment Lite Operations

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Medical providers often face network connectivity issues when treating wounded soldiers on the battlefield, and the time it takes to share medical data can have a serious impact on a patient’s care. The HALO app specializes in maintaining electronic health record documentation even when there’s no network connectivity.

Before HALO, no connection meant sharing information with other providers through paper documents that were sometimes pinned directly to the patient’s clothes. Now the app captures data and then uploads it to the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application-Theater when connectivity is restored.

The app connects to a network whenever the medical provider gets to a clinic, aid station or other facility. HALO also facilitates data sharing and synchronization in real time, which allows medical providers in different facilities to oversee and co-sign one another’s notes.

HALO was first deployed in Afghanistan in 2019 to help medical personnel electronically record patient data from the point of injury through medical treatment at field hospitals and other facilities.

“HALO can greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the number of paper encounters, making it much more likely the data will be included in the soldier’s record and allowing that data to be searchable via [Medical Situational Awareness in the Theater] for future treatments,” said Tracy Ellis, product director at Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care.

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