Prepping for medical data capture on smart devices

By Lt. Col. William E. Geesey
10:25 AM

Mobile electronic devices (MEDs) are a hot topic in the Army right now. While the Mobile Handheld Common Environment Working Group is actively working to determine the requirements for the Army’s ideal MED, MC4 is staying engaged. 

Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) is working on two separate devices; a mounted and hand-held device that will support deployed Soldiers. The Joint Battle Command – Platform (JBC-P) mounted device contains an electronic casualty report (ECR), an application that captures information similar to the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) card. MC4 is currently assisting with the development of medical apps that mimic current AHLTA-Mobile capabilities, such as the TCCC card and the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation (MACE) form that could run on the JBC-P hand-held device.

There’s value in having the TCCC card available on a MED that would allow any Soldier the ability to handle and document care. Point-of-injury (POI) care and even buddy care for that matter are critical to an injured Soldier’s lifelong medical record. If we can provide the means for a medic or fellow Soldier to document injuries as soon as a possible, there’s a greater chance that pertinent information will make it into the Soldier’s electronic medical record (EMR).

We are actively collaborating in preparation for the Capability Integration Evaluation (CIE) 13.1, formerly known as Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 13.1, later this year to demo a mobile medical app on the JBC-P device. MC4 is in discussions with various other offices, such as the Directorate of Combat and Doctrine Development (DCDD), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG), and Connecting Soldiers through Digital Applications (CSDA) to name a few, to determine what effective role MC4 can play in the way ahead. Wherever possible, we will assist our partners in successfully capturing electronic health information on various platforms and uploading them into the MC4 system.

Handhelds will also serve as great platforms to access other resources. Since releasing the Commander’s Guide to MC4 available on ATN2GO, there’s a greater interest in accessing MC4 references on an MED. We are also working to determine how the Army Marketplace could serve as a home for MC4 references. We are evaluating what we need to do in terms of establishing business processes, determining roles and responsibilities and testing those processes with approved references and medical mobile apps before making them available to customers.

This blog originally appeared in The Gateway, To read Lt. Col. Geesey's previous post, visit Full throttle on EMR use in garrison.