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NEWS | Aug. 25, 2023

MTEAC attends Military Health System Research Symposium

By Archie C. Kinnebrew Jr. U.S. Army Medical Test and Evaluation Activity

The U.S. Army Medical Test and Evaluation Activity at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston participated in the Military Health System Research Symposium from Aug. 14-18 at the Gaylord Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. 

The event, hosted by the Defense Health Agency, brought together senior leaders from across the military, government healthcare agencies, academia and industry to discuss ways to drive medical innovation and advance battlefield care.

Exhibits at the symposium displayed the future of medical technology and the cutting-edge concepts and innovations that are under development, to include several products currently scheduled for testing.

MTEAC hosted a booth to engage with participants on how the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence envisions and designs responsive Army medicine capabilities and structure in support of fielded and future forces. MTEAC personnel engaged in discussions with MHSRS participants on supporting fielded and future forces by designing and conducting independent operational test and evaluations.

Daniel Burrhus, MTEAC Deputy Director;  Archie Kinnebrew Jr., MTEAC Senior Test Officer; Vibol Kheiv and Eitter Rodriguez, MTEAC test officers; represented the organization at the symposium.

“The Medical Test and Evaluation Activity provides independent operational test and evaluation services in support of both Army and other Department of Defense and federal acquisition agencies," Burrhus said when speaking about the organization. “Our services are similar to Consumer Reports except, we test medical and medical-related materiel and information technology products.”

Aligned under MEDCoE, MTEAC and is the only independent medical operational test and evaluation agency in the Army. MTEAC designs operational test scenarios to evaluate system performance against requirements and to answer questions of operational effectiveness, suitability, and survivability.

The organization’s operational test services place these medical products into simulated, realistic operational environments that replicate doctrinal, operational, threat, and capability documentation to deliver accurate and objective reports.

MTEAC collaborates with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, the United States Army Medical Materiel Development Activity and professionals across the Military Health System to foster sharing of data and research to support the warfighters. The operational tests that MTEAC conducts provide objective data that our acquisitions decision makers need to render informed business decisions on medical solutions for the Force.