Photo: Jude Tomasello, program manager for medical simulation and training for the Defense Health Agency, focused on the acquisition process, technologies they look for, and how to improve future medical outcomes.

 

By Kate Finkel, Staff Writer

 

Jude Tomasello, program manager for medical simulation and training for the Defense Health Agency, spoke on “Improving Patient and Provider Outcomes through Simulation, Training and Education” at the Florida Simulation Summit on April 25 in Orlando, Florida.

 

The Medical Simulation and Training Program Management Office (MST PMO) enables the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to transition medical training science and technology projects, support operational and clinical medical training requirements, standardize medical training solutions, and centralize the sustainment of medical training solutions.

 

Tomasello’s keynote focused on the acquisition process, technologies they look for, and how to improve future medical outcomes.

 

During his address, Tomasello showed a video of a soldier trying to apply a tourniquet to a manikin with a simulated amputation during a training event. The soldier had roughly a minute to stop the bleeding, but he didn’t meet the required time, and the manikin’s time expired.

 

“You can see how stressed and frustrated he was, but you want that on the training field – where you don’t want that is on the battlefield,” Tomasello said. “You want someone who will show up and know instinctively what to do and how to help. The DHA mantra is ‘readiness, ready medical force, medically ready force.’”

 

Tomasello explained that the DHA has a comprehensive and innovative system called Virtual Education Center (VEC) to enhance patient and provider outcomes. VEC is unique in that it can host over 45,000 pieces of DHA-approved content data. It covers a diverse range of specialties, publishers, and media, while documenting patient interaction and adding it to the patient’s electronic health record. Using an online portal, the VEC offers a consistent experience and provides information for providers and their patients, which improves patient confidence in care and perception of health. It also has a customizable data analytics capability to drive insights on how providers send content and identify gaps in patient health communication.

 

MST PMO’s long-term goals include advancing AR/VR/MR technologies and human representations that meet the standards of battlefield medics, as well as clinical care healthcare providers and teams. The organization is also looking at artificial intelligence-enabled collection, analysis, and manipulation of large amounts of diverse data to solve large enterprise and individually targeted issues.

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