Military Research Needs in Biomedical Informatics
JAMIA Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Recognizing the recent advances in biology, medicine, information systems and computer technologies and their potential synergism and relevance to the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) mission, 1 the USAMRMC Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center a (TATRC) convened a 2 1 / 2 -day Biomedical Informatics Roadmap Meeting in spring 2001. 2 The goal of the meeting was to produce a roadmap or strategic plan to help align the Army biomedical informatics sci-ence
... d technology (S&T) portfolio and investment strategy with new developments and emerging technologies in this rapidly growing field. This review paper identifies research priorities that can form the basis for making new strategic research investments in biomedical informatics by the military in general and by the USAMRMC in particular. Availability of these military research initiatives to the civilian healthcare community can provide input for public policy, foster collaboration, and avoid duplicity of research efforts. The Roadmap Meeting brought together approximately 90 attendees, including military materiel and combat developers, end users, members of the research community, and representatives of other government agencies who are engaged in biomedical informatics research. Speakers and participants were selected to provide a multidisciplinary group of attendees, with as broad a representation as possible from the government, industry, and academia, so that end users could lead technology developers to the A b s t r a c t The 2001 U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Biomedical Informatics Roadmap Meeting was devoted to developing a strategic plan in four focus areas: Hospital and Clinical Informatics, E-Health, Combat Health Informatics, and Bioinformatics and Biomedical Computation. The driving force of this Roadmap Meeting was the recent accelerated pace of change in biomedical informatics in which emerging technologies have the potential to affect significantly the Army research portfolio and investment strategy in these focus areas. The meeting was structured so that the first two days were devoted to presentations from experts in the field, including representatives from the three services, other government agencies, academia, and the private sector, and the morning of the last day was devoted to capturing specific biomedical informatics research needs in the four focus areas. This white paper summarizes the key findings and recommendations and should be a powerful tool for the crafting of future requests for proposals to help align USAMRMC new strategic research investments with new developments and emerging technologies. ■ a The USAMRMC is the lead U.S. Army Command for medical R&D and TATRC is the Command's advanced research branch, responsible for leading-edge research in a number of fields.