Viability of Department of Defense Medical Simulation Standards

June 6, 2017 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Jack Norfleet, Army Research Laboratory - HRED-ATSD
Kevin Kunkler, USAMRMC

The Department of Defense (DoD) is developing medical simulation technologies with open technical standards to create platform-agnostic training environments. Examples include the BioGears physiology engine and the Advanced Modular Mannequin architecture. Historically, the DoD simulation community has had difficulty implementing and maintaining such standards. This paper will describe the problem as viewed by the DoD researchers who strive to ensure a successful transition of these technologies.  It will identify known and derived requirements, and will define a conceptual program architecture that addresses technical, biological, and educational standards.  Technical standards include learning management, hardware, software, interfaces, and data/power/fluid flows.  Biological standards include anatomy and physiology.  Educational standards include learning effectiveness, skills validation, and accreditation.  The paper will also identify stakeholders and potential collaborators who must be considered to ensure a successful implementation of existing and future standards. These stakeholders include, but are not limited to, funding organizations, program offices, medical educators, curricula owners, technical testers, validation offices, credentialing organizations, and technology developers. The scope of this concept covers a broad area of government, academia, industry, and non-profit entities.  The primary goal of this paper is to develop an initial concept that can promote collaboration and identify a logical starting point for managing, implementing, verifying, and validating technologies and methods that conform to accredited medical simulation and training standards.