US Army soldiers have been signed up to test the latest transport telemedicine technology being developed by the Army Medicine department to improve patient triage and communication during medical evacuations.

Soldiers from the 44th Medical Brigade and Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, are ready to user test the new Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast (MEDHUB) technology.

MEDHUB uses wearable sensors, accelerometers and other technology approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve the communication flow between patients, medics and receiving field hospitals.

The technology is used to autonomously collect, store and transmit non-personally identifiable patient information from a device, such as a handheld tablet, to the receiving field hospital through existing long-range communication systems used by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

The data transmitted using MEDHUB is displayed on a large screen at the receiving hospital in order to enable the clinicians have a clear idea about the number of patients and their vital statistics.

“MEDHUB is really about life-saving situational awareness.”

The system is being developed through a project with the US Army Medical Materiel Agency and the US Army Medical Materiel Development Activity, both of which are subordinate organisations of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

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MEDHUB is expected to be deployed for wider use by the US DoD by late next year.

Transport Telemedicine product manager Jay Wang said: “MEDHUB is really about life-saving situational awareness.

“The system is designed to give receiving medical teams more information so they can better prepare for incoming patients by gathering the necessary staff and supplies.”

Wang and his team of researchers have been travelling across the globe to demonstrate the MEDHUB system to military leadership, potential end-users and private industry.