medical technology

September 1, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Capt. Judith Epstein, USN, clinical director of the Naval Medical Research Center’s (NMRC’s) Malaria Research Department, fills out a record book about malaria vaccine research in the clinical trials center.  U.S. Navy photo by Katie Berland

U.S. military medical researchers are using radiation to close in on a vaccine to eliminate malaria, the top infectious disease threat to troops in affected areas, according to the Defense Department. The vaccine would replace preventive measures that are only partly effective against the mosquito-borne killer.

January 1, 2017
By Stephanie Domas and Dr. Nancy McMillan

Advances in genomics, medical sensors and data-driven health care increasingly are enabling doctors and patients to make personalized and targeted care decisions. But the effectiveness of these precision medicine capabilities depends on critical cybersecurity components to protect patient privacy and the integrity of patient data.  

June 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Prototype anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) implants are made with a carbon foam bone-graft substitute material and can be placed inside a patient’s spinal cage to aid in rapid fusion of the spine.

Imagine if the need to amputate injured limbs were a thing of the past. The notion is not so far-fetched, thanks in part to collaborative research by scientists perfecting technology derived from the aerospace industry.

Preclinical trials using composite materials ordinarily found on airplanes have successfully demonstrated the regrowth of bone in small and large animal models, says Joel White, a biomedical research engineer at the National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR) at Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).

November 13, 2015

HP Enterprise Services LLC, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price task order under contract number HHSN3162000026W, task order number HT0015-16-F-0002. The face value of this action is $19,149,016. The total cumulative value of the contract, to include all options, is $91,499,104. This task order is for the operation and maintenance of the government-owned, contractor-operated Global Service Center for the Defense Health Agency (DHAGSC), Health Information Technology Directorate. The DHAGSC serves as the entry point into the Military Health System (MHS) information technology customer support structure.

March 5, 2015

Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a maximum $430 million fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for surgical robotic systems, instruments, accessories and upgrades. This contract was a competitive acquisition and 35 offers were received. This is a five-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is California with a Feb. 23, 2020, performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds.

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Melvern, Pa., has been awarded a maximum $28,173,642 modification exercising the first option period on a two-year base contract with one two-year option and one one-year option for digital imaging network-picture archive communication systems. The contract is a firm-fixed-price contract. Using military services are the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa. 

April 26, 2013
George I. Seffers

Carestream Health Inc., Rochester, N.Y., has been awarded a maximum $45 million modification exercising the first option year of a two year base contract with one two-year option and one one-year option for digital imaging network-picture archive communications system. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity.