(View this article as it appears in the July issue of Military Medical & Veterans Affairs Forum)
Think-A-Move Ltd. (TAM) announced that it was selected to develop a speech and
connectivity interface for mobile medical tactical environments (SCIMMITAR) by the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technical Research Center under a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract.
Designed to run on an Android OS-based device, such as a smartphone, SCIMMITAR
uses a noise robust speech recognition system developed by TAM that will process the medic’s speech locally on the device, enabling a medic to interact with the system hands-free and complete an electronic version of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) card using speech. The interface will allow the transcription of a medic’s spoken progress notes, in addition to completing the other fields on the TCCC card.
SCIMMITAR does not need a network connection to perform its speech-processing
function. In addition, when there is a network connection, it will allow a medic to use speech to interact with remote data sources, permitting the medic to access important information needed to treat a casualty.
Currently, the TCCC card is not always completed, because it requires the medic to
stop treatment of the casualty in order to do so. Having increased documentation will give Army medical researchers more information upon which to make recommendations for best practices.