Use of a Computer-Aided Diagnosis System Aboard Patrolling FBM Submarines: Initial At-Sea Trials
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This report describes at-sea testing for user acceptance and unanticipated problems in deployment of a computer-based system to aid in medical decision making aboard patrolling nuclear submarines. This testing is preparatory to fleet-wide clinical trials of this system. The use of simulated patients provided for realistic use of the medical computer system during at-sea trials. The system had a positive effect on the Corpsmans professional role and on his interactions with his Commanding CO and Executive XO Officers. Corpsmen, COs, and XOs all found the system acceptable and useful in making medical-evacuation MEDEVAC and other patient-care decisions. Other findings, and recommendations, are presented. This study justifies proceeding with a major clinical trial of a computer-based medical decision system throughout the nuclear submarine fleet. THis system, if successful in its further testing, will help preserve the strength of the submarine force by decreasing unnecessary MEDEVACs and improving patient care.
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