Invented by researchers in the Air Force Research Laboratory, Airman Systems Directorate, the battlefield assisted trauma distributed observation kit (BATDOK*) is a point-of-injury software tool. The kit enables medics to wirelessly monitor multiple patients’ vitals simultaneously at the point-of-injury, to capture a complete history of each patient’s medical treatment from point-of-injury through medical evacuation, and follow-on transfer to the next level of care.
Refined with many iterations of medic use feedback, BATDOK leverages operator-centric, intuitive, easy-to-use mobile interfaces to facilitate maximum awareness and documentation of in-field patient care. BATDOK hosts a variety of multimodal covert/overt notifications, alerting the medic when patients cross predefined, user-set health thresholds. BATDOK can reference offline, current standard medical care procedures/guidelines through a drop and drag file structure accessed with single-click actions.
Moreover, BATDOK was designed as an open architecture system to easily incorporate existing/emerging FDA wireless sensors, allowing the medic to select desired sensors for their unique mission. The BATDOK is a sensor and wireless protocol agnostic tool, allowing it to scale as new sensors and communications protocols come online.
- Assessment: Current system targets to aggregate and monitor patient’s vital signs. It is an open architecture/sensor agnostic system. Can monitor simultaneously 1-25+ patients (depending on connected sensor(s)) on one smartphone
- Documentation: Point-of-injury documentation – user-friendly GUIs. Easy recording of patient medical treatments includes hands-free (audio recording capabilities), use of smartphone camera (barcode scanning & image capturing) and NFC (RFID tags) to log care and medications received
- Collaboration: Supports network sharing (peer-to-peer, ad hoc, mesh, etc.) and standalone patient detail views ensuring all communicating personnel have up-to-date information on monitored patients cared for by one person or a team of medical personnel
- Reference: Offline user-defined medical libraries/references and interactive med-cards
- Coordination: Interoperable with digital maps, e.g. ATAK, displaying patient accountability, location details, triage coding, current health status, and handling the logistics of medical assets and patient movement
- Record transfer: Carrier agnostic patient data transfer into EHR. Secure transfer of compressed, encrypted data – can be via tactical radio net, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or wired systems. Can handle 64,000 patient records/day on one smartphone.
*The U.S. Air Force applied for a trademark on “BATDOK” in 2017.
- Reduce medical personnel cognitive workload
- Improve patient care by enhanced assessment, documentation, and situation awareness/collaboration of caregivers
- Seamless and secure data transfer
- System built, field tested, and to be adopted by Army, Navy, and Air Force special operation forces
- Intellectual property portfolio available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Air Force researchers