Medical Modeling & Simulation - Assessment Tools to Support Medical Readiness Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAMD17-03-C-902
Agency Tracking Number: A022-0753
Amount: $69,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
400 Plaza Drive, Suite-A, PO Box 1276, Vestal, NY, 13851
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Graham Upton
 Director of Engineering
 (607) 729-8526
Business Contact
 David Gdovin
Title: President
Phone: (607) 729-8616
Research Institution
Medical Simulation Training industry is striving to achieve the same magnitude of commercial value as the Aviation Simulation Training Industry. Whereas the aviation simulation the industry is fast becoming mature, the medical simulation training industryis still in its early stages. Medical training systems have a long way to go in terms of attaining realism and fidelity optimum for training. An important step towards this goal is to validate the effectiveness of the current simulators in training themedical readiness programs.Military aviation simulation is the gold standard of simulation training applications. The lessons learned from this industry can be leveraged to the benefit of the medical simulation training industry. Many of the standards of the aviation simulation canbe implemented with minor modifications to medical simulation. Diamond Visionics will provide useful solutions by devising the tool and methodology required to validate to the concept of validating Medical Readiness Simulators. Diamond Visionics will alsoexplore the concept of simulator specific metrics and general metrics. Not all simulators are capable of training in all kinds of skills. The metrics and the validation methodology will take note of all these commonalities and differences and deviseappropriate methodologies applicable to classes of simulators. Federal and non-federal markets for the results of this research include a wide spectrum of medical facilities and institutions. The simulator validation tool will help validate simulators and evaluate the performance of trainees at low cost. This meansthat these devices can be attainable for all medical schools and hospitals. Validation of the simulators and benchmarking with the best of military aviation simulators will ensure the widespread manufacturing and use of the medical simulators. Eventuallythe medical simulation training industry will achieve its objective of becoming a mature industry with a lot of revenue generation potential. Medical simulation technology has wide spread economic benefits for the nation. It has the potential of reducingvarious aspects of the nation's healthcare and training related costs. Eventually it may help in reducing the costs of heath insurance. Various studies by surgeons and academicians have time and again propagated the use of the simulation for trainingsurgeons.

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