Army combat medics training (US Army photo)

Data, AI to power medical support on the battlefield

The Army wants to provide warfighters access to an inclusive medical database that would help them better care for fellow service members incapacitated by injury or disease in the field.

The interoperable Algorithms for Care and Treatment (iACT) program would feature artificial intelligence algorithms that generate indications, warnings and suggestions for soldiers and medics, giving them improved abilities to monitor, diagnose, triage and treat fellow service members.

The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) envisions an iACT prototype that integrates algorithms and large-scale medical databases in a machine learning-based clinical decision support tool. Accessed datasets would include large numbers of real world medical trauma cases, including patient diagnoses, complete vital signs sets, medications given, medical treatments performed and patient outcomes. iACT would analyze manually entered data as well as that received from vital-signs monitors and, drawing on its decision-support functions, provide recommendations for medical treatment. The system would also have predictive capabilities, giving military personnel AI-based alerts forecasting injury patterns and when patients might deteriorate.

The five-year, potentially $5.8 million program will likely go to a single contractor in fiscal year 2021 or 2022, MTEC said in the March 16 request for proposals.

MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable other transaction agreement with the Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity.

In February, MTEC issued a RFP for an automated, 3D machine training system that records trainees’ performance, evaluates it against an objective skill standard and provides systematic feedback to improve performance.

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