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Health Innovation Month

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Rapid and extensive changes are reshaping today’s health care environment. We are dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of military medical innovation to protect, support, and advance the health and welfare of our military family. Incremental improvements are no longer enough to keep pace with change, especially given the massive challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic response. Embracing innovation means the MHS is never satisfied with the status quo, and is always on the path to improve our Ready Reliable Care.

In July, the Military Health System will approach the Health Innovation theme through the lens of Total Force Fitness, examining how health innovation impacts overall wellness and the entire body. 

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How COVID-19 fast-tracked innovation in the Military Health System

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7/20/2021
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As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every aspect of healthcare delivery, the Military Health System responded with new and innovative ways to fight the disease and deliver safe, quality care to patients.

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Innovation working group strives to enhance METC training

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7/20/2021
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Virtual/augmented reality, 3D printing, video/podcast production, and machine learning/artificial intelligence technologies and others like them will enhance the training students receive at METC and elsewhere by supplementing the lectures and providing realistic alternatives to actual experiences.

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CHAMP uses more predictive analytics to improve beneficiary healthcare

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7/8/2021
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Military health innovation and Total Force Fitness go hand-in-hand.

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Military Health System Transformation Will Improve Care & Innovation

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7/6/2021
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MHS Innovation Must Be Backed by Best Practices, Standardization

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Fast-Tracking Physical Therapy Can Save Time, Money – and Pain

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7/6/2021
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An Army physical therapist has won the DHA’s inaugural Leading Practices Program award with a method to see patients more efficiently.

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Medical Advances Since Gulf War Boil Down to Increased Lives Saved

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6/25/2021
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Not all medical advances since the first Gulf War are highly technical.

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30 Years after Desert Storm, Military Medicine Evolving ‘Phenomenally’

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6/9/2021
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Thirty years after the Persian Gulf War, technical advances in military medicine are saving lives and improving post-trauma quality of life.

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DHA Appointing Portal simplifies signing up for COVID-19 vaccination

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4/23/2021
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A new online and easy-to-use COVID-19 vaccine appointment portal is rolling out around the world at Military Treatment Facilities. It needs some tweaking on the admin end, users say.

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Tele-critical care will play increased COVID-19 response role in 2021

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4/15/2021
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Virtual health and particularly tele-critical care for critically ill patients assumed frontline roles in sustaining care while keeping beneficiaries and health care teams safe.

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MHS GENESIS Patient Portal expands new features

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4/5/2021
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The MHS GENESIS patient portal is readying new features and expanding existing ones, including its online library, and has rolled out special COVID-19 capabilities.

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Telemedicine advances put to the test during pandemic

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4/1/2021
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COVID-19 has led to the need for physical distancing and has overwhelmed the capacities of health systems, compelling many to adopt telehealth solutions.

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Decide + Be Ready: supporting today’s modern service woman

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3/23/2021
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New women’s app ‘Decide + Be Ready’, helps today’s service woman make proactive decisions regarding their contraceptive decisions.

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Health surveillance advances military medicine over past 30 years

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3/17/2021
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Thirty years improvements in data collection, automation, and transmission have allowed for the creation of robust longitudinal health surveillance records on military populations.

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Army Announces FDA Clearance of Field Deployable TBI Blood Test

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3/12/2021
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The US Army announced Food & Drug Administration clearance of a field-deployable traumatic brain injury blood test.

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MHS GENESIS MassVax system rolling out with COVID19 vaccines

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3/9/2021
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The new MHS GENESIS MassVax record-keeping tool is expediting and simplifying the process of COVID-19 vaccinations across the DOD

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