J Am Med Inform Assoc 9:509-519 doi:10.1197/jamia.M1044
  • The Practice of Informatics
  • White Paper

Military Research Needs in Biomedical Informatics

  1. Jaques Reifman,
  2. Gary R Gilbert,
  3. Lawrence Fagan,
  4. Richard Satava
  1. Affiliations of the authors: Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, Fort Detrick, MD (JR, GRG); Stanford Medical Informatics, Stanford, California (LF); Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (RS)
  1. Correspondence and reprints: Jaques Reifman, PhD, USAMRMC/TATRC, MCMR-AT 504 Scott Street, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5012; e-mail: <reifman{at}>
  • Received 31 October 2001
  • Accepted 9 May 2002


The 2001 U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) Biomedical Informatics Roadmap Meeting was devoted to developing a strategic plan in four focus areas: Hospital and Clinical Informatics, E-Health, Combat Health Informatics, and Bioinformatics and Biomedical Computation. The driving force of this Roadmap Meeting was the recent accelerated pace of change in biomedical informatics in which emerging technologies have the potential to affect significantly the Army research portfolio and investment strategy in these focus areas. The meeting was structured so that the first two days were devoted to presentations from experts in the field, including representatives from the three services, other government agencies, academia, and the private sector, and the morning of the last day was devoted to capturing specific biomedical informatics research needs in the four focus areas. This white paper summarizes the key findings and recommendations and should be a powerful tool for the crafting of future requests for proposals to help align USAMRMC new strategic research investments with new developments and emerging technologies.


  • This work was supported in part by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Combat Casualty Care and Military Operational Medicine Research Area Directorates.

    The views, opinions, and/or findings contained in this article are those of the authors and should not be construed as an official Department of Defense position, policy, or decision.

  • a The USAMRMC is the lead U.S. Army Command for medical R&D and TATRC is the Command’s advanced research branch, responsible for leading-edge research in a number of fields.

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