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Shipmates' Symposium 12 Navy | Summer 2017 E J HERSOM I magine being ill in a rural area of the United States. Imagine you have Internet access in your home or a local DoD or VA clinic (or potentially, any medical clinic that contracts with the VA). en try to imagine you can have a physician examine you … over the Web …. including hearing your heartbeat – without ever physically touching you. Imagination and the expe- diency of war have brought technological advances from the battlefield to civilian health care throughout the history of modern warfare. For example, intracranial hematomas, a poten- tial cause of serious traumatic brain injury, or TBI, now can be diagnosed quickly and in the field with a hand scanner (the Infra- scanner). Imagination brought from the battlefield the tourniquet, antibiotics, fluid replacement therapy and the ambulance to the civilian world, increasing survival rates of the critically ill and wounded. RFID chips – radio frequency emitting elec- tronics that help locate things – are being put in surgical sponges by the Army in one hospital. Coupling that with simple hand counts of total sponges used in a surgical operation will help prevent or at least locate sponges left inside patients following surgical procedures. Dollars dedicated to research and acquisition have given many wounded warriors a new life. Especially in spinal cord injuries, for example, the VA has purchased ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton Systems not for the warrior to return to work but to do research on the skeleton's efficacy in personal settings – home, civilian workplace, play. Flexible microelectronics are being utilized as implantable medical devices, such as cochlear implants for the deaf and hearing impaired or cardiac pacemakers that are much more responsive and safe than those from decades ago. Increas- ingly as a result of TBIs from war service, wearable brain Dollars dedicated to research and acquisition have given many wounded warriors a new life. Infrared lights line a helmet being designed to treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during the Department of Defense Lab Day at the Pentagon. The helmet is undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder. VA-DoD Partnership in Medicine Begins with Imagination

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