Sierra Nevada Sierra Force UH-60L. Photo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corp.
Sierra Nevada Corporation will develop a telemedicine system for the U.S. Army's medevac-configured UH-60L Black Hawks.
The contract calls for Sierra to develop the capability to capture and store patient and treatment information for up to six patients on a single device and communicate that data from point of injury through transportation via helicopter to a medical facility. The system is called the Medical Hands-Free Unified Broadcast (MEDHUB) First Article System. The contract for the system is provided through the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity within the U.S. Army Medical Research Materiel Command.
The remote monitoring solution integrates FDA-certified sensors that capture patient vitals and treatment information over a secure wireless connection, according to a company press release, and that data is stored and forwarded to a medical facility. It will be designed as carry-on equipment for the UH-60L and will be interoperable with the Army's existing medical package.
MEDHUB allows medics to focus on the patient while providing situation awareness to ground-based facilities, according to a company statement. The system can improve response times and increase accuracy of patient care reports and has already undergone field tests.
The system's development will be completed at Sierra's facility in Sparks, Nevada.
Sierra Nevada had been in the running to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging UH-1N Hueys with its upgraded UH-60 Sierra Force helicopters. It had lost that contest to a Boeing-Leonardo team for the MH-139.