Medical Department Board
The U.S. Army Medical
Department’s acquisition “Truth Seekers”
Welcome to the U.S. Army Medical Department
Board. The AMEDD Board is located at
Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
U.S. Army Medical Department Board’s mission is a unique one in that it is the
sole independent operational test and evaluation agency for medical-related
materiel and medical information management/information technology products. The AMEDD Board is charged with the mission of
directly supporting the U.S. Army in the Department of Defense’s acquisition
process. Residing on JBSA Fort Sam
Houston, the base that serves as the Army’s bastion of medical excellence, the
AMEDD Board is a small unit of approximately two dozen military and civilian
personnel tasked with the mission of helping to ensure that medical personnel
are equipped with suitable and effective equipment.
some have pondered: “Who decided we need
this?” or “Why did the Army purchase this?” and perhaps even “Who tested this
in the first place to make sure it was what the Army needed for its medical
personnel?” When it comes to the testing
of medical materiel and medical IM/IT, the simple answer is the AMEDD Board. The Board
provides assessments of emerging concepts, doctrine, and advanced technology
applications as they are applied to the delivery of healthcare—both on the battlefield and in fixed facilities. The Board is responsible for ensuring
the suitability, survivability, and effectiveness of medical materiel that is
going to be used by the Army’s medics and medical personnel in the theater of
operations. In some cases, particularly
in information technology, the tested materiel will be used in the
“brick-and-mortar facilities,” such as the hospitals that provide vital care for
the military community.
AMEDD Board is essentially an “end state” before the final decision in the
acquisition process. During its
evaluations, the Board’s members provide the opportunity to see if “Yes–it
really does make sense,” or “No–it really does not make sense.” The mission of the Board is very important in
that it is not merely statutory in nature, but it is a way to ensure that
whenever the Army makes a medical materiel acquisition that the AMEDD Board is
there to make sure that investment has been worthwhile. Perhaps equally important to the monetary
effects of purchasing medical materiel for the Army’s medical personnel is
ensuring that the medical materiel, ultimately, meets the medical personnel’s
needs in providing care for Soldiers.
AMEDD Board’s members strive to determine whether those products or components
are ready, or capable, to meet their intended need and purpose for the Army’s providers,
clinicians, and ancillary staff for treating wounded Soldiers down range. As a government service
entity, being prudent in the use of tax dollars in the delivery of a good
product for providing care for the Army’s wounded is an important aspect of the
The U.S. Army Medical Department Board is
the Test and Evaluation activity of the U.S. Army Medical Department. As such, it is responsible for the operational
testing of medical materiel, medical-related materiel, and information
U.S. Army Medical Department Board provides independent operational
testing and evaluation of medical and medical-related materiel and information
technology products in support of the Army`s Department of Defense acquisition
processes. The AMEDD Board provides
assessments of emerging concepts, doctrine, and advanced technology
applications applied to the delivery of healthcare—both on the
battlefield and in fixed facilities.
to 1964: Tests
were conducted by the Medical Field Service School (Lab Science Division) for
Medical Research and Development Command.
October 1964: The U.S. Army Medical Service Test and
Evaluation Activity was activated effective 1 October 1964 as a Class II
activity under the jurisdiction of the Surgeon General and assigned to the
Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
October 1968: The title of the Activity was changed to U.
S. Army Medical Department Test and Evaluation Activity by General Order No.
52, Office of The Surgeon General, Department of the Army.
2 September 1971: The Activity became The Medical Equipment
Test and Evaluation Division, under the operational control of the Directorate
of Doctrine and Evaluation, U. S. Army Medical Field Service School, by General
Order No. 104, Office of The Surgeon General, Department of the Army.
February 1973: The Medical Equipment Test and Evaluation
Division was placed under the operational control of the U. S. Army Medical
Materiel Agency by General Order No. 12, Office of The Surgeon General,
Department of the Army.
October 1978: Redesignated as the Directorate of Medical Equipment
Test and Evaluation and assigned to the U.S. Army Health Services Command.
October 1982: Redesignated as the U.S. Army Medical
directives and regulations that define the mission and vision of the AMEDD Board
include: Title 10, U.S. Code, Section
2399; DoD Directive 5000.01, The Defense Acquisition System; DoD Instruction
5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System; Army Regulation 40–60,
Policies and Procedures for the Acquisition of Medical Materiel; Army
Regulation 40–61, Medical Logistics Policies; Army Regulation 70–1, Army
Acquisition Policy; Army Regulation 73–1, System Test and Evaluation Policy; DA
Pamphlet 73–1, Test and Evaluation in Support of Systems Acquisition; TRADOC
Pamphlet 73–1, System Test and Evaluation Procedures; and Army Regulation 71–9, Warfighting Capabilities
Vision: A responsive and fully engaged AMEDD Board,
contributing to the Army’s success by conducting independent, realistic, and
objective testing, evaluation, and assessment performed by a professional cadre
of military and civilian experts, who are:
to our nation’s Soldiers.
as respected partners in providing solutions to Army requirements.
Who We Are: The AMEDD Board is the only independent
operational test and evaluation agency of medical and medical-related materiel
and information technology products in support of the Army and DoD acquisition
process. The leadership and test officers
of the AMEDD Board are Acquisition Corps members who are certified experts in
managing and conducting test and evaluation for program managers and materiel
developers. This team must certify that
the systems are ready for full-rate production and deployment.
How the AMEDD Board supports the Army Medical
Department/Military Health System:
In partnership with the U.S. Army Test and
Evaluation Command and Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, the AMEDD
Board designs and conducts independent operational test and evaluation in
strict accord with the laws, DoD directives, and Army policies for medical
materiel developed and acquired by the AMEDD and MHS. In doing so, the AMEDD Board provides:
to questions of operational effectiveness, suitability, and survivability.
of system performance measured against requirements.
management for decision makers.
of the acquisition system.
Significant Projects (Past/Present/Future):
Health System GENESIS (formerly the Defense Healthcare Management System
Operational Medicine Information System (JOMIS)
Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV)
Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4)
Apparatus, Portable, Digital Radiography (XRAPDR)
Medical Systems (DEPMEDS) Modules
The U.S. Army Medical Department Board
continues to make substantial contributions in the independent operational test
and evaluation of medical materiel and information management/information
technology systems that are vital to supporting military operations at home and
overseas. In October 2015, the Board
completed its operations setup on the 1st floor of a remodeled historic World
War I era warehouse, Building 4011, located at 2377 Greeley Road, Fort Sam
Houston, Texas. The board moved from its
previous position at the old post prison building, Building 369, 2599 Wilson
Way, Fort Sam Houston, that had been the Board’s home building since 1963. The Board’s mission is unchanged, and it
remains the conscience of medical acquisition.
The Board members are the U.S. Army Medical Department’s “Truth Seekers.”
They base all reports and
recommendations on the data that is gathered in an unbiased forum, from actual
users, utilizing production representative samples of the product under study. The users perform tasks expected of them, and
the product, under as close to actual mission conditions as possible.
Test and Evaluation in
the Acquisition Process:
U.S. Army Medical Department Board
2377 Greeley Road, Suite T, Building. 4011
JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7584
Board President and Deputy Director: (210) 221-1238
Chief, Test and Evaluation Division: (210) 221-0058