Disaster Tech Awarded $2.3M Contract from TATRC to Enhance Disaster Medicine

Disaster Tech
May 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM

This week, Disaster Tech and the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab, a partnership between the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and Indiana University's University Information Technology Services, has been awarded a $2.3 million contract from the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center to create data science capabilities that can enhance patient care for COVID-19 and provide better responses to disasters.  
The past decades have demonstrated that performance science, data science, and communications technologies can provide critical improvements in processes and services with the incorporation of good data, thoughtful analytics, a human-centered approach, and governance structures that permit change. Yet, little change has been implemented. This project aims to bring desperately needed change to the industry with the convergence of leaders in academia, the private and public sectors 

The Technology in Disaster Environments Learning Accelerator (TLA) will use data science and performance science along with extensive data sources to find best practices for improving care for COVID-19 as well as develop insights into how technology can be used to improve disaster response and recovery in general. Disaster Tech’s Data science Integrated Collaboration Environment will provide real-time environmental situational awareness data sources from its Open Data Store (ODDS)The project is part of the National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network, which brings high-quality critical care support to any bedside. 

“NETCCN addresses a critical problem for COVID19 healthcare: there is a shortage of critical care trained clinicians,” said David Wild, the director of CTIL and a professor at the Luddy School. “NETCCN is an evolving network of clinical care teams that provide expert medical advice to anyone who needs it, wherever they may be, using network-enabled mobile devices such as cell phones, tablets, and computers.” 

The TLA will bring together four organizations with strong expertise in crisis, medical, and disaster science, including CTIL, Organizational Performance Systems, Disaster Tech, and Data2Discovery. Dr. David Wild will serve as the director of the project with Indiana University as the lead institution.  

Technology has great potential to improve disaster and battlefield medical systems,” said co-founder and CSO, Roger Coleman. “One area that can drastically improve the way disaster medicine is done is situational awareness, and it is Disaster Tech’s honor to contribute to this project with our extensive capabilities in data science and decision support technologies – an area that is currently underutilized in the industry. 

The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center fosters research on health informatics, telemedicine/m-Health, medical training systems, and computational biology to address gaps in the United States Department of Defense medical research programs and military healthcare. TATRC continues to partner with numerous universities, commercial enterprises, and other federal agencies supporting a multitude of projects. TATRC’s vision, as an important extension of its legacy, encompasses the creation of opportunities for technology transfer to the public sector as well as the battlefield. 

About Disaster Tech    
Disaster Tech, a veteran-owned public benefit company, offers data science and decision science technologies for situational awareness, operational coordination, and risk management before, during, and after disasters. Disaster Tech’s goal is to save lives, protect the environment, and build resilient communities by providing the most sophisticated, advanced analytics and distributed high-performance computing platform on the planet. Find more at https://www.disastertech.com/    

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