FORT McCOY, Wis. — A medical unit in the U.S. Army Reserve has been selected as one of the first to test a new technology that allows supervisors to monitor soldiers’ health during the Global Medic exercise, Aug. 12, 2022.
“Ten Soldiers from West Virginia’s 901st Minimal Care Detachment have been selected to participate in a 72-hour test challenge,” said U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Sanjay Krishnaswamy, commander of the 901st MCD.
The U.S. Army Reserve Command is realizing the potential benefits of using technology to monitor its soldiers while using tracking programs. The Army Reserve is partnering with LifeLens Technologies to test a health and productivity readiness system.
“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.”
Krishnaswami received 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 specializes in military acquisitions to help develop new technologies. Under the direction of medical research and development, he developed new tools to track a soldier’s medical readiness and physical fitness.
“After talking to the developers, I understood the product,” Krishnaswamy said. “As a new commander, the idea of having technology to help me better monitor the well-being of my soldiers and make sure they’re not overexerting themselves or overheating is great.”
“It can track several things, but we’re only looking at some data,” Krishnaswamy said. “It monitors a soldier’s electrocardiogram and uses the information with an algorithm. It was developed at the Walter Reed Army Research Institute to transmit soldiers’ body temperature and internal temperature. It also provides information on heart rate, exercise level and heart rate variability. The device pairs with an app that can be downloaded to any mobile phone and transmits the geographic location to all soldiers wearing HRAPS,” Krishnaswamy said.
“The device has not yet been approved by the FDA, so it does not provide a diagnostic indication, but it does give nurses information that a particular soldier needs to be tested. So he decided to have his nurses monitor the device because they would 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 and is also 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 from 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 for those who have any kind of family history of heart problems,” Korob said. “Historically, it is very difficult for soldiers to maintain any internal level of health. I was very excited when I heard about this project. In general, I think it will bring a lot of benefits for prevention,” Korob said.
“Military personnel do not go for checkups unless they are forced to, and they do not take advice from their doctors or providers of any kind,” she said. “So the fact that it can track a little bit better is pretty exciting.”
“I think it’s a good representation of the military adapting to the times, there are a lot of different applications that this device can be used for,” Korob said. “I really think the military will investigate and invest in all of these areas.”
“I understand and recognize that quantification 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.
“In particular, we invested in preventive treatment. From the beginning, we were taught that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So I was very excited and very honored to be able to participate,” Korob said.
Technology plays an important role in how the US Army Reserve monitors the medical readiness and safety of soldiers. Soldiers like Krishnaswamy and Korob are helping to push and participate to show that this new technology can pave the way for a more successful military.
|Publication date:||08/15/2022 09:06|
|Location:||FORT McCOY, WI, USA|
|hometown:||ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLIGOS, USA|
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