By Mr. Michael Negard, Communication and Public Affairs, U.S. Army Combat Readiness CenterMay 7, 2019
Fort Rucker, Ala. (May 6, 2019) -- Aiding Army leaders in predicting when and where the next mishap will happen is at the forefront of the Army's new Army Safety Management Information System 2.0, said the director of Army Safety.
Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Daugherty, who also serves as commanding general of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, briefed Army National Guard aviation senior leaders recently at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville.
According to Daugherty, the Army's analytic capability within the current information technology system supporting mishap reporting is woefully substandard.
"From an IT structure, you would be unimpressed with our lack of capability, lack of capacity to do very simple analytics," said Daugherty. "It's just about getting better, and the concept of doing functional analytics. Additionally, our current system simply does not meet regulatory or statutory requirements to track Army SOH program execution."
Therefore, the Army's safety reporting system is receiving a much-needed overhaul. Spearheaded by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, in close collaboration with the Army safety and occupational health community and Army Analytics Group, the Army Safety Management Information System 2.0, or ASMIS 2.0, will not only replace the existing accident reporting system but will add much needed capacities to meet the Army's evolving and future needs.
ASMIS 2.0 is a groundbreaking family of systems that synchronizes the Army's new SOH program and transforms it in a revolutionary way to provide an unparalleled level of flexibility within the Army's SOH community.
"This improved system will mean a win-win for leaders in the field," explained Daugherty. "It is a modernized, adaptive, cutting edge family of software systems that will effectively support the current and emerging needs of Army SOH, while subsuming all duplicative systems."
Since 2015, the USACRC solicited input from SOH professionals Army-wide on how to define needed criteria of a total Army safety management system through technological and process improvements.
The USACRC also harnessed the technical expertise of the Army Analytics Group, which helped catapult the development of this modern and innovative safety management information system that encompasses the rigorous requirements of SOH specialties.
The effort yielded a revolutionized approach that provides automated capabilities supporting the six program areas of the SOH program. Mishap and near-miss reporting, the first of six applications within ASMIS 2.0, is set to launch later this year.
"In addition to mishap reporting, the other applications include assessments, inspections and surveys; hazard management; SOH training and education; and unified SOH program management," said John Nelson, Program Manager for ASMIS 2.0. "An overarching analytic tool will provide commander-centric visibility to critical SOH information through every echelon of the Army."
An integral component of the new SOH program, ASMIS 2.0 is an expandable and adaptable software application that leverages innovation and cutting-edge technology. In addition, ASMIS 2.0 is the first SOH tool to use advanced intelligence to focus on leading indicators through broad integration of distinctive data with a vast array of authoritative systems and data sources across DoD and other government agencies.
"The ASMIS 2.0 advanced analysis feature utilizes numerous techniques to analyze current data sets to make predictions about future events," Daugherty said. "This will be a powerful tool that helps leaders make better decisions in the areas of risk management and loss prevention."
Through the strategic integration of multiple authoritative data sources combined with enhanced data collection capabilities, ASMIS 2.0 enables accurate measurement of loss prevention and results in substantial cost savings to the Army.
"ASMIS 2.0 is a total Army system that will serve the active component, Army Reserve and National Guard, as well as more than 28,000 Department of the Army Civilians," Daugherty said. "The data collection and management tools provided within ASMIS 2.0 will reduce the user burden, streamline hazard identification and increase accuracy through adaptive input and situational guidance."
ASMIS 2.0 complies with federal, DoD and Army regulatory requirements and meets the Army's expanding need for quality data collection and enhanced mishap prediction capability.
"The software we used to build ASMIS 2.0 has the capability of being employed as a common operating platform, bridging DoD and other services' SOH programs," Daugherty said. "The resulting cost savings is absolutely a responsible use of Army resources."