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Medical operations in the 21st century: application of TAK among wartime medical assets
  1. Adam Brust1,2,
  2. J H Cole3,4,
  3. J Forte5,
  4. L Mansfield1,
  5. S Hughey2,4,
  6. J Riesberg5 and
  7. A Lin1,6
  1. 1III Marine Expeditionary Force, USMC, Okinawa, Japan
  2. 2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, US Naval Hospital Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan
  3. 3Michaud Expeditionary Medical Facility, Department of Anesthesiology, USN, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
  4. 4Naval Biotechnology Group, USN, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
  5. 5United States Army Special Operations Command, US Army Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA
  6. 6Department of Cardiology, US Naval Hospital Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam Brust, III Marine Expeditionary Force, USMC, Okinawa, Japan;{at}


Advances in technology have improved the ability for real-time communication and enhanced awareness of medically related information on the battlefield. A government off-the-shelf platform, Team Awareness Kit (TAK), may enhance the ability for battlefield healthcare delivery, evacuation, telecommunication, and medical command and control. Integration of TAK into existing medical infrastructure provides a global view of resources, patient movement and direct communication, significantly reducing the ‘fog of war’ as it relates to battlefield injury and evacuation. Rapid integration and adoption are technically feasible with minimal resource investment. This technology can be rapidly scaled for the increasingly interconnected world of healthcare delivery.

  • Telemedicine
  • Health informatics

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  • Contributors All authors contributed significantly to the origination, development and writing of the manuscript and concept of the project. AB, AL, LM, JF and JR conceived of the presented idea. AB, JHC, SH and AL wrote the manuscript with support from JF, LM, and JR. AB and JF created the figures.

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