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Clinical Research


Clinical Research

Clinical research is a branch of healthcare science that determines the safety and effectiveness (efficacy) of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for relieving symptoms of a disease. Clinical research is different from clinical practice. In clinical practice established treatments are used, while in clinical research evidence is collected to establish a treatment.


Acute Hyperthermia

The study of Heat Stroke and Heat Related Injuries as it relates to the short and long term effects of hyperthermia.

Expediting Defibrillation

Examining the relation between quicker diffibrilation and return of spontaneous circulation

Ease of Use

Identifying the efficacy of tourniquets applied by the untrained population.

Dispatch Assessments

A study into the improved outcomes of stroke patients when assessed prior to responders arrival.

Personal Identification Verification Interoperability Cards

A government agency, hospital, or other entity can rely upon the asserted identity of a PIV-I cardholder, regardless of the entity that issued or sponsored that card. Depending upon the relying party’s business rules for a particular application, electronic identity authentication with a PIV-I card can require only the card (one-factor authentication), the card and a PIN (two-factor), or the card, a PIN, and a matching biometric, such as a fingerprint (three-factor). Using PIV-I rather than the problematic username/password combination that is so common today eliminates the need for password resets, reduces human error, and can support non-repudiation where the situation calls for it.

STRAC Bridge Certificate Authority

Obtaining federal PIV-I certification is a complex and burdensome process that has been a barrier to development of a competitive market for PIV-I services, resulting in prices that were simply too high for state and local governments and healthcare entities. Based on its experience building and operating the STRAC-ID program, STRAC established the STRAC Bridge Certification Authority (SBCA) to reduce the cost and complexity of gaining PIV-I certification. The SBCA is federally certified and able to certify others to issue affordable and federally compliant PIV-I cards. The SBCA will be the key to facilitating proliferation of high-assurance PIV-I cards.

Authorization & Revocation

A PIV-I card can be electronically revoked immediately so that any relying party will know not to trust the cardholder’s asserted identity—in proper usage the card’s validity is electronically checked each time it is relied upon.