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As one of three core competencies, IBA’s research and engineering services contribute to advancements in combat casualty and patient care through innovative military medical research and engineering practices. IBA delivers research management, clinical, engineering, and scientific support throughout the military medical community. We offer experience in Artificial Intelligence  and Machine Learning, Human Factors and Performance, Biomedical Engineering, Robotics and Unmanned Systems, Regulatory Compliance, Health Informatics, Grants Management, and Medical Logistics.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING

IBA’s artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) capability offers intelligent, scalable systems that combine human knowledge and observations with machine learning and data. We support autonomous system test planning, execution, and performance assessment, including autonomous behavior prediction. Our AI/ML engineers are at the forefront of enhancing military medical research through the application of AI/ML principles and practices. Our AI/ML engineers support the research and development life cycle for AI/ML systems and devices that enable and advance semi- and fully autonomous systems.

HUMAN FACTORS AND PERFORMANCE

IBA promotes usability scales, hierarchical task analyses, and error rating scales to assess warrior use of emergent human performance technologies. Our human factors experts support systems and device engineering in human performance and physiology, customize and integrate wearable biosensors, and adapt application programming interfaces (APIs) for medical data scenarios.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Our biomedical engineers are well versed in biological systems and work with clinical professionals to determine how to integrate biomedical technologies and models into a point-of-injury or prolonged field care setting devices. Our services include the application of biomedical engineering to other research projects or devices and the integration of robotics, automatous devices, and other assigned systems.

ROBOTICS AND UNMANNED SYSTEMS

IBA provides research and prototype solutions to support integration (software and hardware) and application of emerging robotics and unmanned systems (UMS) technologies for added capability in the areas of medical diagnosis, combat casualty care, operational medicine, and military force health protection. Our robotics and UMS engineers operate autonomous vehicles and devices to support field evaluations in tactical environments.

REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

It is possible, through the adherence to regulatory compliance guidelines, to determine the effects of clinical development projects nationally, regionally, and globally. With repeated success, IBA has employed quality management and process improvement techniques to strengthen our regulatory compliance capability. Our regulatory compliance experts review, monitor, plan, develop, and store medical research documentation from research studies and clinical trials. We manage multisite activities, including coordinating with multiple institutional review boards during the production, review, and submission of study documents that include protocols, questionnaires, advertisement materials, and informational presentations.

HEALTH INFORMATICS

IBA has demonstrated experience and expertise supporting large health and clinical care systems within the Military Health System (MHS). IBA’s health data experts manage big data and perform data extraction and consolidation. Our data analysts are well versed in health and data use regulations and coordinate clinical protocols to maintain compliance with policies and directives. Our research statisticians conduct data organization and analysis. To inform health statistics, IBA participates in research studies, compiles documentation, produces case reports and literature reviews, and contributes to medical research final reports and white papers.

GRANTS MANAGEMENT

IBA supports military medical research program and researchers with grant management services to secure funding and foster innovative research of specific relevance to the military community. Our science officers upload contracts, related documents, and support agreements into the electronic grant system (EGS) within the Military Health System (MHS). We support grant officer representatives (GORs) in processing contracting requests and reviewing documents for accuracy. IBA analyzes data and participates in program reviews and research and analysis, reporting on funding trends, products and outcomes, and research classifications for managed portfolios. Our subject matter experts (SMEs) ensure reliability and maintain data within the EGS, track portfolio codes, and develop coding guidelines and training material. We maintain project records for quality control of all data exported from the EGS.

MEDICAL LOGISTICS

IBA provides research, analysis, modeling, and forecasting and applies industry-leading practices and expertise to develop strategies for mission-critical medical logistics (MEDLOG) projects. We drive implementation of actionable strategic plans, achieve integrated supply chain business processes, and reduce information technology (IT) sustainment costs. IBA’s MEDLOG experts research and document IT requirements for acquisition of medical treatment facility (MTF) equipment, including analysis of sourcing, prioritization of acquisition necessity, and submission to federal government contracting activities. Our research contributes to determining medical equipment cost savings that depends on consolidating equipment life cycle and maintaining demand data at an enterprise level.