Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

The United States Department of Defense seeks innovative ways to conduct R&D in order to maintain technological superiority; uphold readiness posture; optimize infrastructure utilization; and respond optimally to the needs identified by military personnel. Collaborative research endeavors offer the best hope for developing new science and technology advances and solving critical problems that face the military. The Institute collaborates with the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) in explorations of applying the application Triple Helix methodologies for enhancing technology transfer and dual-use product development.

TATRC is at the forefront of triple helix collaboration due to its government-sponsored research programs, academic model of incremental testing and empiricism, and industry goals of technology transfer and product/system sustainability. TATRC manages a complex set of product development lifecycle projects (PDLPs) that aim to achieve improved health-related outcomes for U.S. military personnel. The development lifecycle model provides a standardized system of outcomes by which to examine the impact of variations (intended or unintended) within the system.

The quantification of triple-helix methodologies requires the defining of variables associated with project effectiveness, efficiency, and success, as well as documenting best practices, lessons learned, failed enterprises, conflicts of interest, and how barriers to collaboration have been successfully removed. The collaboration between TATRC and the Institute includes data collection and analysis, longitudinal examination of diverse factors, and perpetual feedback loops for the continual refinement of the knowledge base while informing new projects and collaborative designs. Further, the Institute will establish a Community of Practice (CoP) to access benefits and efficiencies of CoP when applied to the pre-defined TRLs and milestones.

According to a 1999 General Accountability Office Report, technological readiness is a key factor in producing successful outcomes for the Department of Defense. This initiative aims to enhance the technological readiness of the products utilizing TATRC's PDLPs; improve evidence-based decision making; provide new insights related to successful tech transfer processes; and, assist in defining lifecycle goals that ensure expectations and dual use product development.