The Latvian start-up company Anatomy Next is partnering with NATO

The Latvian start-up Anatomy Next, which has gained recognition in Latvia and the United States, together with researchers from the Riga Stradins University Military Medicine Research and Study Center continue to strengthen NATO's defense capabilities. The team plans to create a virtual reality emergency medical simulator that would allow military doctors to figure out the plan of action for treatment in case of various injuries.

The simulator works similar to an emergency room where patients would arrive. With a help of a simulator using special glasses, the doctor enters the intake area of a virtual military medical center, where decisions about the treatment of the victims have to be made, based on ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support), a previously established algorithm for unified action plan, accredited by the US. During the simulation, the virtual victim reacts according to the manipulations performed. The patient’s state of health can improve and worsen, for example, if the bleeding is not stopped. As a result of decisions made and actions taken, the simulator's artificial intelligence evaluates the performing physician’s skills and abilities.

The military medical personnel simulators Anatomy Next is creating will initially be used to assist the training of US military doctors, but the simulators might be used eventually also by other NATO member states. Currently, IT specialists from Anatomy Next and specialists from Riga Stradins University Military Medicine Research and Study Center are working on programming of the tool.

"The US Army is the leading military force in NATO's collective defense mechanism, so strengthening its military capacity is also a contribution to Latvia's security. In addition, the intellectual contribution of researchers to collective security is just as important as the military force.” notes Ainars Stepen, head of the Riga Stradins University Military Medical Research and Study Center, who coordinates collaboration with Anatomy Next on the university behalf.