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August 12, 2020


SMART MedTech Virtual Workshop #2

En Route (ERC) and Point of Care (POC) Diagnostics



10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Online, Pacific Time,
United States



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10:00 am - 10:05 am
Matthew Dalton, Air Force Research Laboratory
Matthew J. Dalton
Research Chemist, Program Manager, Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate


10:05 am - 10:30 am
Lt Col Derek Sorensen, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine
Lt Col Derek Sorensen
Medical Director of Initial In-Flight Care Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine

Challenges and Needs in the En Route Care and Aeromedical Evacuation Mission


The United States has executed Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) for over 100 years. Originating with the first crude attempts at evacuating patients on biplanes in 1918. AE has evolved directly in line with the medical capabilities and advancements in aircraft. AE now provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a global reach on various cargo and refueling aircraft. In the late 1980s, specialized Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs) developed to augment AE crews. CCATTs drastically changed medical care provided in our nation’s battlespaces. They allowed for more agile far forward casualty care and forged the En Route Care (ERC) systems. ERC is the backbone ensuring the survival of our wounded warriors and bringing them home to their families. The challenges abound when functioning in the ERC system to include the environment, the available resources, and personnel limitations. Exploring and targeting these challenge areas will continue to allow ERC to keep in step with our ever‐changing mission requirements and progress the impressive legacy of bringing heroes home.

10:30 am - 10:55 am
Zheng Yan, University of Missouri, Columbia
Zheng Yan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia

Exploring the Easy and Cost-Effective Fabrication of Multifunctional On-Skin Wearable Biomedical Devices


As compared to conventional, rigid, bulky physiological monitoring tools, emerging onskin wearable biomedical devices are ultrathin, lightweight, and small footprint and can find wide applications in point of care diagnostics because of their easy deployment outside the hospital settings. At present, on-skin wearables are usually fabricated by patterning conventional inorganic materials, novel organic materials, or emerging nanomaterials on continuous (i.e., non-porous) flexible supporting substrates. Consequently, the state-of-the-art on-skin wearables often suffer from expensive precursor materials, costly fabrication facilities, complex fabrication processes, and limited functionalities and disposability. By using widely accessible pencils and papers as the fabrication tools, we have developed a rich variety of cost-effective and disposable on-skin bioelectronic devices, ranging from biophysical sensors and sweat biochemical sensors to thermal stimulators, humidity energy harvesters, and transdermal drug delivery systems. The enabled devices can find wide applications in point of care diagnostics, particularly in low-resource environments owing to their low-cost resources, handy operation, time-saving fabrication, and abundant potential designs. Besides, by using judiciously engineered porous elastomer as supporting substrates, on-skin wearable devices with high breathability and self-cooling capability can be achieved.

10:55 am - 11:20 am
Lt Col Melinda Eaton, United States DoD Virtual Health Program Management Office
Lt Col Melinda Eaton
Virtual Health Program Manager & Deputy Program Manager for Pharmaceuticals, Devices, and Medical Support Systems, United States DoD Virtual Health Program Management Office

Defense Health Agency Virtual Health Program


An overview of the DHA virtual health program including driving factors, high level requirements, and pathway forward. The presentation will also provide an update on the DoD virtual health COVID-19 response and the value provided to patient care through virtual health.

11:20 am - 11:45 am
Azar Alizadeh, GE Research
Azar Alizadeh, PhD
Principal Scientist, GE Research

Manufacturing of Disposable Wearable Patient Monitoring Devices


Wireless wearable devices can continuously assess and communicate the condition of patients and are crucial components of the are crucial components of the move towards digital, mobile health monitoring. We envision that widespread adoption of disposable wireless devices has the potential to radically transform care-giving in clinical settings. Implementation of continuous patient monitoring could make practices such as spot-checking patient vital signs during hospitalization obsolete. Furthermore, earlier patient discharge may become possible through earlier and safer patient mobilization enabled by wireless monitoring. In this talk, we will discuss flexible hybrid electronic manufacturing opportunities and challenges to create low cost, high performance wireless sensor systems for patient monitoring. These single use devices will support 3-Lead ECG, reflective SpO2, respiration rate and core body temperature sensing on a continuous basis for 72 hours.

11:45 am - 12:00 pm



Registration Includes:

  • Live access to four (4) webinars
  • Post-webinar access to recordings and presentations

Member Price: $199

Non-Member Price: $399

Non-Member Price for Government, Military, and Academia: $249 
(Contact Michelle Fabiano at for discount code. Must have a valid .gov, .mil or .edu email address)