DVIDS – News – New Medical Technology Provided to Reserve Soldiers

FORT McCOY, Wis. — A U.S. Army Reserve medical unit has been selected to be among the first to test new technology that allows supervisors to monitor soldiers’ health during Exercise Global Medic, Aug. 12, 2022.
“Ten Soldiers from West Virginia’s 901st Minimal Care Detachment were selected to participate in a 72-hour trial,” said U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Sanjay Krishnaswamy, 901st MCD commander.
The US Army Reserve Command is realizing the potential benefits of using technology to monitor its soldiers while using tracking apps. The Army Reserve partnered with LifeLens Technologies to test the system for health readiness and effectiveness.
“Our brigade commander, Col. Suarez, of the 338th Medical Brigade, suggested that the 901st MCD might be a good unit to test these eight trap sensors,” Krishnaswamy said. “And you see, I’m wearing one of the heart monitors today.”
Krishnaswamy holds a BA in Biochemistry and English Literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in physics and biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. As an Army Reserve officer, Krishnaswamy specialized in military acquisitions to help develop new technologies. Under the direction of medical research and development, he has developed new tools for soldier medical readiness and soldier fitness tracking.
“Talking to the developers, I understood the product,” Krishnaswamy said. “As a new commander, the idea of ​​having technology help me better monitor the well-being of my soldiers and make sure they don’t overexert themselves or overheat is great.”
“It can track several things, but we’re only looking at some of the data,” Krishnaswamy said. “It tracks the soldier’s electrocardiogram and uses the information through an algorithm. It was developed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Scientific Research to transmit soldiers’ body temperature and internal temperature. It also relays information about their heart rate, exertion level and heart rate variability. The device pairs with an app that can be downloaded on any mobile phone and relays geographic locations for all soldiers wearing HRAPS,” Krishnaswamy said.
“The device is not yet FDA approved, so it does not give a diagnostic reading, but it does alert nurses that a particular soldier needs to be checked. So he has chosen his nurses to monitor the device because they will have a better idea of ​​what to do when something happens,” Krishnaswamy said.
U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Kayla Korob, a nurse surgeon with the 901st MCD, is among 10 Soldiers wearing the HRAPS as well as monitoring the data collected.
Korob joined the U.S. Army seven years ago as a medical officer and earned her bachelor’s degree in 2010. She is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia and works in the medical profession on the civilian side.
“I think it’s a great idea from a medical standpoint for those who are prone to heat injury and those who have a family history of any heart problems,” Korob said. “Historically, soldiers have found it so difficult to maintain internal levels of health fitness. I was very excited when I heard about this project. Overall, I think there’s going to be a lot of good things it can do in prevention,” Korob said.
“Soldiers don’t go for checkups unless they’re forced to, and they don’t take advice from their doctors or any kind of provider,” she said. “So the fact that this might be able to track a little bit better is very exciting.”
“I think it reflects well that the military is adapting to the times, there are many different applications that this device can be used for,” Korob said. “I think the military will investigate and invest in all of these avenues.”
“I understand and recognize that quantifying this can have pros and cons and can be right and wrong, but I think it would be a really good general guideline to make sure people are safe,” she said.
“For breastfeeding in particular, we’ve been very invested in preventative care. We have been taught from the beginning that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So I was very excited and felt very privileged to be able to participate,” Korob said.
Technology has played a big role in how the US Army Reserve tracks the medical readiness and safety of soldiers. Soldiers like Krishnaswamy and Korob are helping to promote and participate to show that this new technology can pave the way for a more successful military.

Date taken: 08.12.2022
Date sent: 08/15/2022 09:06 a.m
Story ID: 427225
location: FORT McCOY, WI, USA

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