Simulation-Medical Data Server

Computing & Wireless : Application Software

Available for licensing


  • Brian Baldwin , University of Texas at Austin
  • Aaron Lawyer , University of Texas at Austin
  • Ryan Johnson , University of Texas at Austin
  • John Gentle , University of Texas at Austin

Background/unmet need

The U.S. Army, previous to the development of S-MDS, had no capability to execute integrated collective simulation-based training for medical functions in preparation for support of its global missions and operations. The University of Texas at Austin conducted a study for the Army in 2009 to determine if it was feasible to develop a simulation to emulate the treatment and evacuation of casualties on a simulated battlefield and populate the Medical Command and Control Systems--the objective being that medical unit commanders and staffs could utilize these systems when training and therefore be better prepared when deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The study resulted in a recommendation to build a system which could generate the required data and populate the management systems used in combat by the Army medical forces. It was also determined that this system should have the capability to be integrated into the Army’s larger federation of simulations so that this same training could occur in large multi-echelon simulation supported training events. The university was subsequently contracted by the Army to build this simulation capability. The Simulation-Medical Data Server exists now and is in use as version 1.0 by the Army.

Invention Description

The Simulation-Medical Data Server is modeling software which can emulate the treatment and movement of multiple patients across multiple locations to provide medical planners and disaster management personnel the opportunity to train with realistic situations through their various digital management systems or using analog human in the loop systems. This is provided without expensive, manpower-intensive activity by supporting personnel. The software has been developed using medical models and could be developed further using other logistics models to enable planning and training in other functional areas.


  • The software can be easily modified to reflect the specific needs of the training audience
  • Provides training for real world situations without costly and manpower-intensive activity


    The software operates on all operating systems that support the Java runtime without the need for additional specialized software or hardware 

Market potential/applications

Medical planning and training; disaster preparedness; simulation software which could be developed to support other logistical functions

Development Stage

Commercial product