San Antonio—In the warzones of the future, medics touching down amid heavy battlefield casualties will know who to treat first, how to approach every injury, and even who is most likely to live or die — all before looking at a single wounded soldier. That’s the vision of Col. (and Dr.) Jerome Buller, who leads the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.
Buller says biometric data gleaned from soldier-borne sensors, combined with in-depth medical and training data and augmented reality lenses, will help medics in combat evaluate the battlefield and everyone in it from a safe distance. They will make their most important decisions before even seeing their patients. “Imagine that [the hypothetical future] medic is able to scan the battlefield and instead of seeing rubble, he’s seeing red or green dots, or amber dots, and he knows where to apply resources or not,” Buller said during the Defense One and NextGov Genius Machines event here on Wednesday.
Author: Patrick Tucker