The US Army is conducting pilots to determine whether electronic medical records (EMR) applications running on Apple iOS and Android devices can be used in the field. The Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) is testing the apps on the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and Android powered devices like HTC's EVO and Samsung's Epic, according to a report in Federal Telemedicine News.
“Initial tests show promise but there is still a long way to go before we can consider fielding these technologies. They must clear a myriad of hurdles, including data-at-rest encryption requirements, clearance for wireless use in theater, and a bevy of DOD and local signal certifications,” LTC William E. Geesey, MC4 Product Manager reportedly told Beltway publication The Gateway.
MC4 is currently upgrading its EMR systems in Iraq and Afghanistan to include better methods for documenting mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) data. The MC4 is planning to test the apps in Southwest Asia before moving into 12 other countries.
The upgrades also include a mobile version of the Transportation Regulating and Command and Control Evacuation System (TRAC2ES) application, which track the movement of sick and injured soldiers in transit.
More details over at Federal Telemedicine News