A Cognitive Agent Approach to MedNet Development
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DOD / OSD
CHI Systems, Inc., proposes to develop a smart system to aid field medics and other front-line medical personal in diagnosing and treating combat (and non-combat) injuries. Called MedNet, this system also provides a database of specific cases that can supplement the information provided by MedNet's internal diagnostic and treatment-aiding algorithms, as well as tools for the medic to create new case-entries in the database and to share them in the local and global battlespace. Because prior research has shown that breadth-first exhaustive search diagnostic algorithms are difficult and time-consuming to use, the diagnostic algorithms in MedNet are more heuristic in nature, using a combination of tagged semantic networks and cognitive agent technology to capture and mimic the diagnostic and treatment reasoning processes of experts and make these available to the field medic. The heart of MedNet is cognitive agent software that manages, reasons about, and maintains a model of the patient's recovery process, and that communicates context-sensitive diagnostic and treatment information directly to the field medic. Phase I will produce both a complete MedNet design and a proof-of-concept prototype focusing on a specific scenario involving neck injury, which is an increasingly common problem in Operation Iraqi freedom.
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CHI SYSTEMS, INC.
1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300 Fort Washington, PA 19034
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