I was always under the impression that medical documentation was reserved for the office and the hospital. Not necessarily so — even in the battlefield, medics document medical care in real time.
Unfortunately, the tools they use to do this documentation consists of bulky Motorola hand held devices that are four years old.
Four years is an eternity in the tech world. To put this in perspective, I was still rocking a Motorola RAZR back then. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Army is field testing the iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones in the battlefield.
“It’s enabling the soldier to have the benefits of all the modern technology that we’ve got,” said Lt. Col. William Geesey, who oversees the integration, training and distribution of the Army’s health IT hardware and software program, called the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) system.
The Army’s goal is for the mobile devices to sync with soldiers electronic medical records at the VA, and for the data to become a permanent part of their medical record. They are expecting the devices they are testing to be approved for use by December. They have loaded and customized apps for both the Android and the iOS platform, and it will be interesting to see which platform they choose at the end of the day.
*This blog post was originally published at iMedicalApps*