Augmented Reality for Enhancing Combat Medic Skills Training (MedSkills)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0773
Agency Tracking Number: O082-H08-3078
Amount: $99,328.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-H08
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA, 19034
DUNS: 161162995
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jennifer Fowlkes
 Principal Investigator
 (407) 277-9288
Business Contact
 Phillip Rollhauser
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (215) 542-1400
Research Institution
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.

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