Embedded combat medical personnel require accurate and timely biometric data to ensure appropriate life saving measures. Injured warfighter’s operating in remote environments require both assessment and monitoring often while still engaged with enemy forces. Small wearable devices that can be placed on injured personnel capable of collecting essential biometric data, including the capacity to remotely deliver collected data in real-time, would allow additional medical monitoring and triage that will greatly help the medic in the battlefield. These new capabilities will provide a force multiplier through remote assessment, increased survivability, and in freeing engaged warfighter’s from direct monitoring thus improving combat effectiveness and increasing situational awareness. Key questions around what information does the medic require and how effective it can be relayed to support personnel are at their early stages of development. A low power biometric wearable device capable of reliable electrocardiogram (EKG) rhythm, temperature, pulse, and other vital data collection which can provide real-time remote monitoring are in development for the Soldier.
Stephen Lee, "Wearable technologies for soldier first responder assessment and remote monitoring (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX, 101940Q (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 10, 2017; Published: 12 June 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2262223.5459357399001.
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