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Digital Transformation in Defense – Part 2 – Connected Defense Healthcare

Two weeks ago I participated in the US Federal Forum in Washington DC. Our team brought along four demos to showcase what is possible today to transform defense organizations to the digital area.

I will be sharing insight on these demos over the next few weeks in a four part blog series:

Simplification, innovation and transition to digital provides defense organizations the ability to re-imagine everything:

  • Re-imagine operating concepts: Achieve agility in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world by innovating and transforming to an outcome-based organization
  • Re-imagine procedures: Change or eliminate fundamental defense processes due to digitization
  • Re-imagine work: Step-change in improvements to existing procedures based on real-time information given to make the right decisions and drive immediate impact

For the Connected Defense Healthcare demo, we focused on how defense organizations can reduce non-battle injuries through risk management as well as personalized training and prescribed healthcare programs. Military personnel undergo rigorous collective and individual training to ensure they are fit to fight. All military personnel, but especially leaders, need to be aware of behaviors or conditions that put individuals at increased risk of training injuries as well as training principles that can prevent them. But this is difficult to objectively assess. Bravado also comes into play as you well know. Military personnel are proud and do not want to show weakness around their leaders and peers.

With the help of wearable physiological sensors, leader can detect, in the moment, subtle changes in how people are running, marching, etc. For example when a heavy ruck sack becomes loose or foot blisters start, peoples gate will naturally change to compensate. Appropriate action can be taken as soon as possible and adjust gear before things get worse and people get injured.

The demo focused on a soldier that is at high risk of injury. A specially designed Injury Risk Monitor dashboard showed the aggregated injury risk as well as individual risk components such as training intensity, rest between events, distance and terrain, etc. The soldier’s leadership team reviewed the risk after noticing abnormal physical performance after a training event.


The assessment and eventual decision to put the soldier on light duty and refer them to physical therapy was made by combining sensor data and medical science embedded in the injury risk management application.

The demo continued by showing the soldier’s personalized treatment plan. One that they could conduct at home, at a clinic, or even when they are deployed. By opting in to remote monitoring, the soldier’s wearable physiological sensor data is shared with the multi-disciplinary healthcare team. The personalized treatment plan can then be remotely monitored, reviewed, and adjustments made as required.


A predictive prognosis on the soldier’s health was also shown. Here, the leadership team and the healthcare team came together to jointly decide when was the best time to bring the soldier back to duty.


In short, the health and wellbeing of the soldiers has been re-imagined by optimizing the soldier/patient experience and outcomes.

I invite you to learn more about achieving agility in a volatile, complex, and ambiguous world by reading our newly published Digital Defense White Paper.

Lastly, I invite you to attend SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference May 17-19, 2016 in Orlando, Florida and in particular session IN34733: “Connect Military Healthcare Through Digital Integration”.


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