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SNC demonstrates T2 capabilities

24th August 2011 - 09:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully demonstrated a Transport Telemedicine (T2) capability developed under a US Army, Utility Helicopter Program Office 'Operational Situational Awareness - Medevac' contract. SNC's T2 efforts focus on the capture and communication of patient care/condition information beginning at the Point of Injury (POI) until disposition to definitive care at a 5th echelon (CONUS) medical facility.

In collaboration with the 1/168th Medevac Nevada Guard Unit, the system demonstrated:

- Autonomous capture of patient vitals from standard medical instruments;
- A novel voice data entry system (VDES) which allows flight medics to use speech for entering pertinent patient information in the high noise environment of a helicopter;
- An electronic critical care flow sheet titled, "Medical and Emergency Data Input and Communications System" (MEDICS) which captures and structures the patient information to facilitate communications;
- A custom Access Point (AP) which is the intelligent hub of the T2 system providing communications between medical devices, military radios and user devices. A critical feature of the AP is providing secure medical communications in limited bandwidth situations while assuring non-interference with tactical communications.

The T2 demonstration platform was an Army UH-60L helicopter in flight with patient information transmitted over an Army standard AN/PRC-117F SATCOM radio. T2 provides a Critical Care Situational Awareness (CCSA) capability by linking care provider and patient to Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), Command and Control as well as remotely located medical experts. This CCSA capability provides continuity of care throughout all elements of the Medevac process - Combat Life-Savers, Combat Medics, Battalion Aid Stations, MTFs, ground transport vehicles and rotary & fixed wing transports.

Source: SNC


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