The Army Medical Research and Development Command’s USAMRDC Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center’s (TATRC) in response to COVID-19 on June 15, awarded funds to nine clinical and technical teams to support the rapid development, deployment, and testing of the National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network (NETCCN).
NETCCN is a cloud-based, low resource, stand-alone health information management system for creating and coordinating flexible and extendable virtual critical care wards. These high acuity, virtual wards will bring high-quality critical care capability to nearly every bedside whether it is a healthcare facility, field hospital, or gymnasium.
Based on cellular communication networks, mobile technologies, and cloud computing, NETCCN will support the extension of high-quality intensive care to places that lack adequate critical care expertise and resources necessary for care of COVID-19 related illnesses.
According to Jeremy Pamplin, TATRC Director, “COVID-19 is a situation where critical care resources can be overwhelmed by patient volume. Even if enough equipment is made available, there are not enough critical care trained clinicians to manage critically ill patients during a national emergency, especially in rural and austere locations. NETCCN seeks to deliver this capability from anywhere by leveraging existing mobile networks.”
NETCCN during Phase 1, nine teams consisting of healthcare organizations and technology vendors will rapidly and collaboratively prototype, test, refine tele-critical care, and use data visualization solutions to support local, regional, and ultimately national COVID-19 care.
Through the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) https://www.mtec-sc.org , Other Transaction Authority (OAT), TATRC has award the following nine teams for Phase1 of the NETCCN project:
- Avera Health https://www.avera.org with VitelNet, and DocBox
- Deloitte Consulting LLP, https://w2.deloitte.com/us/en.html with AWS GovCloud, Decisio Health, Elsevier, Qventus, T6 Health System, Verizon, and Zyter
- Expressions Network LLC, https://expr.net with Mercy ACO Clinical Services, Active Innovations, and SDSE Networks
- The Geneva Foundation https://genevausa.org with Omnicure, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Discovery Network, DocBox, MD PnP Program at Mass General Hospital, and Madigan Army Medical Center /Telemedical Research for Operational Support
- Oregon Health and Science University https://www.ohsu.edu with GE Healthcare and Microsoft
- Medical University of South Carolina https://web.musc.edu with Advanced ICU Care, Doxy.me, GE, Masimo, Medtronic, Microsoft, Mushroom Networks, SimleCDR, Ventec, ViaSat, Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University, Clemson University, Dartmouth University, Mass General Hospital, and University of California San Diego
- Philips North America https://www.usa.philips.com with Emory Healthcare
- Unissant Inc., with ISeeYouCare, T-Mobile, Dr. Jay Sanders, Dr. Craig Goolsby, and Dr. Herb Rogove
- University of Pittsburgh https://www.pitt.edu with UPMC Health system and Microsoft
For more information, contact Lori DeBernardis, Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at TATRC. Email https://usarmy.detrick.medcom-usamrmc.list.tatric-PAO@mail.mil or go to https://www.tatrc.cor/www/resources/covid-19.html.