Air Force Medical Information System Testbed
SENTEL designed, developed, and continues to operate the Air Force Medical Information Systems Testbed, an Independent Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) facility located at the Air Force Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. This program supports the Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity (AFMESA) at Fort Detrick, MD.
The Testbed was developed to evaluate medical information software and hardware systems in an operationally representative environment before they are deployed to Air Force medical service facilities around the world.
To accomplish its mission, the Testbed employs a sophisticated suite of software testing applications in addition to various manual test methods. It is designed to operate the new software/hardware system in a “shadow” mode parallel to the current medical center system. Once confidence is gained in the new system, the item to be replaced is taken off-line to allow the new system under test to carry the workload alone. This provides true operationally representative test conditions. Successful evaluation is a vital step in the deployment of the new system.
In addition to Air Force medical information systems testing, the Testbed is capable of providing IOT&E support to the DoD Military Health System and to the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy medical services.