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Health care of the future: Virtual doctor-patient visits a reality at NCR

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2/20/2018
In a demonstration of the telehealth process at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, clinical staff nurse Army Lt. Maxx Mamula examines mock patient Army Master Sgt. Jason Alexander using a digital external ocular camera. The image is immediately available to a provider at Fort Gordon’s Eisenhower Medical Center, offering remote consultation. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Experts from MHS, NCR come together at Virtual Health Summit

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Survey indicates higher satisfaction with military medical facilities

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1/8/2018
Staff at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, treat patients. The 2017 results of the Defense Department’s Joint Outpatient Experience Survey show an increase in patient satisfaction with military medical facilities and pharmacy care. (U.S. Army photo)

The results of the survey show an overall increase in satisfaction

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TRICARE Philippine demonstration ends, new preferred-provider network begins

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1/3/2018
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Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, a preferred-provider network will be available in the Philippines.

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Joint medical team provides medical care to remote communities

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6/19/2017
Army Maj. Jesus Morales, dentist, 49th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Hawk, dental assistant, 172d Airlift Wing, Jackson Mississippi, extract a decayed tooth from Raymond Kline. Kline participated in the no-cost medical services offered during the Ozark Highlands Innovated Readiness Training, Mountain Home, Arkansas, recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean)

The Innovative Readiness Training program is a unique way to provide real-world training to medical personnel while helping our fellow Americans by providing them no-cost medical care

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How long do I wait for an urgent appointment? A window into waiting times in military medicine

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4/19/2017
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The Military Health System places significant priority on ensuring our service members and their families have constant, reliable access to the health care services they need

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Nurse Advice Line: Lifeline to parents in the Military Health System

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4/17/2017
Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line. Call 1-800-TRICARE, option 1 to get connected. (MHS graphic)

Military parents of children get some help in caring for their families from the Nurse Advice Line

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Providing TLC for ICU babies

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1/19/2017
New mom Kimberly Neifert watches NICU Nurse Brandy Lor check the breathing rate of her daughter Ruelyn at Madigan Army Medical Center. Premature babies experience faster heart rates than adults and may also pause longer between breaths due to immature breathing patterns. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

Needing the care of a neonatal ICU is not something most families anticipate

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AMSUS recognizes Belvoir Hospital providers

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12/12/2016
Dr. Robin Meadows, Outpatient Pharmacy Supervisor at Belvoir Hospital, accepted the 2016 Improved Access Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, at a ceremony in Washington Dec. 1. During the event, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Heather Shattuck was recognized as Nurse of the Year by the organization. This is the third year in a row that the honor has gone to a Belvoir Hospital nurse.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital receives 2016 Improved Access Award for drastically reducing wait times in the Outpatient Pharmacy.

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Centering prenatal care around you

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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