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Augmented Reality for Enhancing Combat Medic Skills Training (MedSkills)

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
CHI Systems Inc
PA Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1047
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Augmented Reality for Enhancing Combat Medic Skills Training (MedSkills)
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0773
Award Amount: $99,328.00


Combat medics provide battlefield medical care under austere conditions and respond to traumas less frequently seen in civilian settings. CHI Systems, Inc. proposes to team with the Institute for Simulation and Training to address training for combat medics through the application of augmented reality technologies combined with manikins and immersive simulations. Specifically, in Phase I, we propose to establish the technical feasibility and training effectiveness of MedSkills, a pedagogically sound training system focused on training combat medics in levels of care that include care under fire, tactical field care and casualty evacuation - the "Golden Hour". We will explore the use of augmented reality to enhance visualization of severe trauma and underlying physiological mechanisms and to support trainee performance (e.g., guide trainees, provide feedback). Phase I tasks include a cognitive task analysis to understand the competencies and knowledge requirements associated with combat medicine; a technology analysis to guide the application of augmented reality technologies to meet training requirements; and research conducted to evaluate the impact of augmented reality technologies on trainee understanding. In addition, in Phase I we will lay the groundwork for the successful development of MedSkills by planning for multi-phased development, evaluation, and transition in Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Jennifer Fowlkes
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Phillip Rollhauser
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

1035 Virginia Drive Suite 300 Fort Washington, PA 19034

EIN/Tax ID: 232387734
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No