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U.S. Army Medical Department Board (AMEDDBD)
U.S. Army 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.
The 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.
Perhaps 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.
The 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.
The 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 Board’s mission.
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 technology systems.
The 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.
Prior to 1964: Tests were conducted by the Medical Field Service School (Lab Science Division) for Medical Research and Development Command.
1 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.
15 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.
1 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.
1 October 1978: Redesignated as the Directorate of Medical Equipment Test and Evaluation and assigned to the U.S. Army Health Services Command.
1 October 1982: Redesignated as the U.S. Army Medical Department Board.
Governing laws, 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 Determination.
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:
· Dedicated to excellence.
· Committed to our nation’s Soldiers.
· Identified 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:
· Answers to questions of operational effectiveness, suitability, and survivability.
· Documentation of system performance measured against requirements.
· Risk management for decision makers.
· Conscience of the acquisition system.
Significant Projects (Past/Present/Future):
Military Health System GENESIS (formerly the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM)
Joint Operational Medicine Information System (JOMIS)
Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV)
Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4)
X-ray Apparatus, Portable, Digital Radiography (XRAPDR)
Deployable Medical Systems (DEPMEDS) Modules
Organization and Personnel:
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