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36 GCN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016 • GCN.COM on the user interface layer and takes advantage of whatever IT systems are al- ready in place. “That is why it is so fast and impactful,” Mancher said. “It mim- ics the user with the same security, same IT, same poli- cies and same governance that already exist in the environment.” — Suzette Lohmeyer Big Data, Analytics and Visualization Getting medical equipment to wounded warfighters The Air Mobiliy Command uses RFID and an innovative asset management system to ensure the military has the right medical equipment on hand to help any wounded warfighter The faster that wounded warfighters can be treated, the more likely they are to survive. That means coor- dinating medical teams and tens of thousands of special- ized equipment items among more than 100 aeromedical evacuation service sites. The Patient Movement Items Asset Tracking System (PMI-ATS) — which com- municates across networks operated by the Army, Navy, National Guard and Reserves — uses RFID tracking and an innovative enterprisewide asset management system to ensure that the military has the medical equipment it needs, when and where it needs it, to aid any wounded warfighter. When the wounded need transport, personnel assem- ble critical care and inflight kits made up of supplies and PMI equipment tailored to mission requirements. Team members use RFID technol- ogy to track each piece of equipment on its journey to the patient and then on to its next mission. Randall Rodgers, the lead for the project and deputy chief of medical readiness at the Air Mobility Command, said PMI-ATS directly influ- ences the survivability of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen. The system can also help during civil emergencies. “Just this month, [Air Mobil- ity Command] was called on to support a humanitar- ian effort for a hurricane potentially advancing on Louisiana,” Rodgers said. “Within hours, the PMI staff scrambled eight preconfig- ured, deployable PMI track- ing kits to designated PMI tracking teams prior to their departure.... The flexibility of the system and the RFID technology being used make this system particularly ef- fective in supporting these emergency events, assisting with location of devices and [helping] to recycle those assets back to support more urgent requirements.” The system has increased the speed with which the miltary takes stock and delivers medical assets by 15 percent, and swiftness can mean better medical care. PMI-ATS also im- proves inventory accuracy at a time when many other departments are still using printouts and spreadsheets to keep track of millions in assets. A recent tracking system audit at one PMI site showed a 99.5 percent ac- curacy rate. — Suzette Lohmeyer A portal for secure intelligence requests The Homeland Security Information Network Exchange gives fusion centers a free, secure tool to share and track information requests from law enforcement agencies After the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security de- veloped a communication network to make it easier for agencies to share intel- ligence related to terrorism. Operational since 2006, the Homeland Security Informa- tion Network (HSIN) recently added a capability that sim- plifies the way fusion centers handle requests for informa- tion from law enforcement agencies. Those requests involve pro- viding analytical assistance or information that could identify emerging criminal activity, processing encoun- ter notifications, assessing 1116gcn_032-055.indd 36 10/6/16 10:25 AM
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