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Centering prenatal care around you

Article
11/22/2016
The first Tripler Army Medical Center Centering Pregnancy program mothers and babies pose for a photo during a special reunion. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paxton Busch)

Select Army medical treatment facilities will offer expectant mothers a chance to participate in Centering Pregnancy

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Virtual health extends Army Medicine reach

Article
11/21/2016
Army Lt. Col. Robert Cornfeld, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, conducts the first in-home virtual health visit within Regional Health Command Europe. In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic. (U.S. Army photo by Ashley Patoka)

In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic

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The future of intensive care: Tele-ICU

Article
11/7/2016
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The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center partners with Veteran Affairs to bring the first Tele-ICU to the Critical Care Unit, improving the quality of patient care

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Eifel Health Consortium: German doctors examine base healthcare

Article
11/2/2016
Air Force Col. Alfred K. Flowers, Jr., 52nd Medical Group commander, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, greets a group of German doctors on base at the Brick House. Spangdahlem Airmen and their families rely on local doctors for specialty healthcare. The event brought more than 20 German doctors to the base, which allowed them and base medical care providers to discuss respective healthcare capabilities, practices, philosophies, approaches and concerns in an effort to continuously provide trusted care to Spangdahlem families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Currier)

The event marked the first executive-level, healthcare collaboration event of this magnitude at a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa base

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Virtual medicine will be norm in future crises, says health chief

Article
10/25/2016
In a demonstration of the telehealth process at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, clinical staff nurse Army Lt. Maxx P. Mamula examines mock patient Army Master Sgt. Jason H. Alexander using a digital external ocular camera.

The future battlespace may be contested to such a degree that medevacs may be impossible and field hospitals, much less forward operating bases, may not be located nearby

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Air Force, Army team save lives at the DoD’s only Level 1 trauma center

Article
10/11/2016
Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Kjell Ballard, emergency room resident, asks a patient to make the OK sign to check mobility of the fingers at the San Antonio Military Medical Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Serving 20 counties in the Texas region, the SAMMC Emergency Department treats roughly 200 patients a day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the Defense Department, the medical facility is equipped and staffed to provide care for patients suffering from major traumatic injuries

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TRICARE expands access to mental health care, substance use disorder treatment

Article
9/29/2016
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Significant improvements to TRICARE's mental health benefit being implemented

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Cochlear implant opens up the world for Army colonel

Article
9/22/2016
Dr. Elizabeth Searing (right) makes initial adjustments via a computer to Lt. Col. James Morrison's cochlear implant. Dr. April Luxner, an audiologist with Cochlear Corporation, was on hand to witness Morrison's reactions to hearing with his right ear after 12 years of deafness. (U.S. Army photo by Jeff Troth)

In the past 12 years, Army Lt. Col. James Morrison has seen ear, head and neck, and neurology specialists at the six posts where he was stationed

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Nurse Advice Line serves as important tool for suicide prevention

Article
9/21/2016
Army Private 1st Class Luselys Lugardo, a soldier assigned to the New Jersey Army National Guard, poses in front of a shattered mirror for a portrait. The shattered glass represents the way suicide hurts families, friends and coworkers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)

There are many resources to help service members and their families in dealing with suicide. The Nurse Advice Line is one more tool to use.

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Survival rates improving for Soldiers wounded in combat, says Army surgeon general

Article
8/26/2016
About 92 percent of Soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have made it home alive. Soldiers in a tactical critical care evacuation team prepare for a patient transfer mission at Forward Operating Base Orgun East, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marleah Miller)

About 92 percent of Soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan have made it home alive

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Research innovations improve en route care

Article
8/10/2016
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Erin Trueblood (center) and Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Hernandez, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Enroute Patient Staging Facility medical technicians, help load a patient onto a C-17 Globemaster III, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The patients was enroute to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to receive a higher level of care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño)

The Combat Casualty Care Research Program at Fort Detrick, Maryland, is dedicated to constantly finding new ways to improve en route care through research and development

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Defense Health Agency: A Joint, Integrated Premier System of Health

Brochure
8/2/2016

This brochure describes the Defense Health Agency, its mission and includes resources for more information.

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Texas Guardsmen contribute to medical relief effort

Article
7/22/2016
U.S. Air Force Capt. Brett Ringger, optometrist , 136th Medical Group, Texas Air National Guard, examines a patient  during the Greater Chenango Cares Innovative Readiness Training in Cortland, New York. The IRT provided medical care to patients at no cost, as well as eye examinations and glasses on site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert)

The joint training exercise allows for service members to practice their skills in preparation for wartime operations while also providing a needed service to underserved communities

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Patient Centered Practice Hours

Policy

This memorandum encourages Air Force military treatment facilities to establish more patient-centered clinic hours.

DoD Directive 6010.04: Healthcare for Uniformed Services Members and Beneficiaries

Policy

This directive reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 6010.04 (Reference (a)) to update established policy and assigned responsibilities for administering Title 10, United States Code (Reference (b)). It serves as the joint document for administration of healthcare benefits required pursuant to Reference (b), and is issued by the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services

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