Posted: October 13, 2021 at 9:33 a.m. EDT|Update: 2 hours ago
SAN DIEGO, California, October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Cognitive Medical Systems and Thornhill Medical today announced that the two healthcare innovation companies have been selected by the US Army Medical Research and Development Command to receive $ 853U.S. Department of Defense 668 awarded through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium to advance medical device interoperability and remote control to address pandemics and the growing need to support protracted emergency military care.
The award is part of USAMRDC’s efforts to improve military care in the field, keep personnel healthy and combat-ready. The treatment of massive casualties, whether on the battlefield or at home, has always been based on the availability of specially trained and well-equipped medical personnel and the ability to evacuate patients quickly. However, with global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the expected challenges in future peer-close multi-domain conflicts, emergency response planners must now prepare for ‘extended field care’ where sick and injured may be required to stay at the point of injury for several days. A flexible and dynamic ability to safely respond to local demand for critical care using remotely controlled and possibly autonomous medical devices has emerged as an innovation opportunity that this award will support.
Enabling remote vendors to securely control local medical devices has the promise of augmenting the bedside team with expertise and experience they might not otherwise have and will have a significant impact on customer needs. workforce. The bedside medical device remote control to be used in this project includes the FDA approved MOVES from Thornhill MedicalÂ® SLC â¢ Portable Integrated Survival System, which offers a computer-controlled portable ventilator with oxygen generation capability, vital sign monitoring and aspiration, and NeuroWave Systems development AccuPump, a new 2-channel infusion system under development . MOVESÂ® SLC â¢ has been used worldwide for years and has also been deployed in the fight against COVID-19 in civilian and remote environments. In addition, the DocBoxÂ® medical IoT platform will be used with the expertise and resources of Uniform Services University of Health Sciences, Henry M Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
âMeeting the resource demands of modern mass casualty care requires innovation,â says Derek Watt, Director of Commercial Products and Project Team Leader at Thornhill Medical. âWe have the opportunity to build the capacity of healthcare workers through remote control of medical devices, which will ultimately improve patient care in the field. ” Lesley Gouldie, President and CEO of Thornhill Medical, adds âWe are extremely pleased to receive this research and development award from the USAMRDC and believe that the outcome of the project will support the advancement of acute critical care that our MOVESÂ® The SLC â¢ device provides health care to our military partners. “
Although the project is designed to improve the technical ability to remotely control a medical device, doing so safely and reliably is a significant challenge. âOperators of devices such as ventilators and IV pumps make clinical decisions based on their understanding of the bedside care context,â explains Dr. Emory fry, CEO of Cognitive Medical Systems, adding that âwhen the healthcare team is geographically distributed, the remote operators may not share the same context as the local team – this creates significant challenges for the coordination of care, medical decision-making, risk management and resource allocation that the healthcare community is only beginning to understand. The concerns our research is beginning to address go far beyond simply changing the setting of a remote fan. “
The views expressed in this press release / article are those of the authors and may not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the United States Government.
About the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command
The US Army Medical Research and Development Command is the Army medical equipment developer responsible for medical research, development, and procurement. The USAMRDC produces medical solutions for the battlefield with a focus on various areas of biomedical research including military infectious diseases, combat casualty care, military operational medicine, medical chemical and biological defense and clinical medicine and rehabilitation. https://mrdc.amedd.army.mil/
MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with several government agencies under another 10-year renewable transactional agreement with the USAMRDC. MTEC is managed by Advanced Technology International. To learn more about MTEC, visit mtec-sc.org.
About cognitive medical systems
Cognitive Medical Systems helps public and private organizations get the most from their investments in healthcare and IT. The company draws on decades of operational experience in clinical healthcare delivery, computing, user interface / UX, human factors engineering and software development. company, specializing in complex infrastructures, workflows, decision support and systems integration.
Since its inception in 2010, Cognitive Medical Systems’ constant focus on innovative, solution-based computer applications has driven our progress forward. Our rapid expansion is driven by our continuous improvement and innovative approach to solving IT challenges. Obtaining major contracts proves our results-oriented approach to ensuring the success of our clients. To learn more about Cognitive, please visit www.cognitivemedicine.com.
About Thornhill Medical
Founded in 2004 as a spin-off of the University Health Network of Toronto, Toronto-based Thornhill Medical is a leading developer of innovative medical technologies, including, among others, its proprietary integrated life support technology MOVESÂ® SLC â¢ and MADM â¢, ââthe first portable in-line steam anesthesia delivery device that turns any ventilator into an anesthesia workstation. Thornhill Medical’s revolutionary products are manufactured for use around the world by emergency healthcare providers, military medical teams and disaster relief. Thornhill Medical has a wide range of expertise in basic sciences such as physiology, critical care medicine, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Thornhill Medical’s head office is in Toronto, Canada. Please visit www.thorhnillmedical.com
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