The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a three-year competition focused on improving emergency medical response during military and civilian incidents with high casualties.
The DARPA Triage Challenge aims to spur innovation that can help medical staff prioritize and expedite care for MCI, the agency said Wednesday.
The $7 million challenge will be divided into Primary-Real-World Triage, Primary-Virtual Triage and Secondary Triage segments, each lasting 12 months. Some of the participants will be self-funded, others will be funded by DARPA, and all teams will be able to participate in one or more competitions.
The agency expects to see the use of technology that can help identify victims in need of the most urgent treatment and subsequently predict whether immediate life-saving interventions are needed. Competitors can use sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, algorithms and real-time data analytics.
“The DARPA Triage Challenge will bring together communities with expertise in emergency medical triage and response, tactical combat casualty care, trauma physiology, and a wide range of physiological signatures and sensor and instrument technologies. algorithms that will continue to deliver innovative technologies that support medical responders beyond the challenge,” said Jean-Paul Chrétien, Commander of the US Navy and DTC Program Manager.