Charles River Analytics to advance AI tools for military combat medicineNews
March 11, 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The U.S. Army awarded Charles River three related contracts to design artificial intelligence-based components for an Automated Ruggedized Combat Casualty Care (ARC3) system.
The research and development contract -- for the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) -- focuses on a different component of the ARC3 system: Monitoring, diagnostics, and intervention.
The ARC3 system aims to provide soldiers with life-saving techniques and strategies for trauma care on the battlefield, known as Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).
“We’re excited to be working on life-saving trauma systems,” says Max Metzger, Senior Software Engineer at Charles River Analytics. “Under ARC3, we’re building software modules to help medics monitor patients, diagnose injuries, and provide treatment in areas that are isolated or difficult to access.”
The Army also awarded a contract enhancement for the company's EPIC3 app, which helps medics diagnose and treat traumatic injuries. The enhancement will be used to develop tools that let TCCC experts author protocols that can be understood by medical AI.
“EPIC3 offers a simple interface tailored to the medic’s needs and skill level,” stated Metzger. “It compiles diagnostic and treatment techniques from medical experts and the latest research, and then presents medical alerts and treatment guidance.”
EPIC3 and ARC3 build on other techniques and apps Charles River has developed to support warfighters and predict traumatic injury, such as the TMT tourniquet training system and the PROMPTER training tool for battlefield first-aid skills.