Digital Medicine

August 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Matching soldiers’ health status with performance adds critical mission-planning tool.

Through the use of global positioning system technologies, today’s commanders can keep track of man and machine in the battlespace. But in the not-too-distant future, these same decision makers will locate their personnel in physiological space and know how a soldier’s physical condition could affect productivity, performance and ultimately the mission.

August 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

System translates specific signals, opens doors to future applications for the disabled.

Researchers are testing a prototype computer interface that allows users to interact with a virtual reality world through brain impulses. If successful, this proof-of-concept device could greatly increase the mobility and independence of people who are paralyzed or have similar conditions.

August 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Urgent caregivers learn valuable lessons about dangerous, complex situations.

Emergency response personnel are exploring virtual reality to practice dealing with chemical or biological attacks. This combination of medical expertise and technology gives medical teams the opportunity to learn and to make mistakes on patients that simply can be rebooted.