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Think-A-Move wins Phase II SBIR to develop speech interface for mobile medical tactical environments

BEACHWOOD, Ohio, 20 April 2013. Think-A-Move Ltd. (TAM) engineers are developing a Speech and Connectivity Interface for Mobile Medical Tactical Environments (SCIMMITAR) under a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technical Research Center (TATRC).

SCIMMITAR, designed to run on an Android OS-based device such as a smartphone, uses a noise robust speech-recognition system developed by TAM to process the Medic’s speech locally on the device, enabling a Medic to interact with the system hands free and complete an electronic version of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Card using speech. SCIMMITAR will transcribe the Medic’s spoken progress notes, in addition to completing the other fields on the TCCC card.

SCIMMITAR does not need a network connection to perform its speech processing function; however, in the presence of a network connection, SCIMMITAR will enable a Medic to use speech to interact with remote data sources, permitting the Medic to access important information needed to treat a casualty. 

SCIMMITAR enables a Medic to complete a TCCC Card using speech alone. The Medic does not need to stop providing treatment to a casualty to complete documentation, which can contribute to improved clinical outcomes.

The TCCC Card is not always completed, because it requires the Medic to stop treatment of the casualty in order to do so. Having increased documentation will give Army medical researchers more information upon which to make recommendations.

“SCIMMITAR leverages the TAM’s expertise in developing noise-robust speech recognition solutions,” says Jim Harris, president of TAM.

“We are excited to be working on this project, which will address an important need to provide improved clinical documentation,” adds Jonathan Brown, TAM’s vice president of business development.

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