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Innovation

The Office of Strategy Management aims to redefine the pace of innovation in service, process, and technology innovation by empowering individuals, sharing best practices, and collaborating with strategic partners. The Office advances Health and Readiness across the full spectrum of military operations in combat, community, and global environments.

OSM defines innovation as accelerating the adoption of transformational initiatives, so we can advance a “medically ready force and a ready medical force.”

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Why Innovation?

Exponential change is reshaping today’s healthcare environment and the continued viability of the MHS depends on its ability to innovate. Incremental improvements are no longer enough to keep pace with change. Embracing innovation allows the MHS to build the necessary partnerships, processes, and technologies to serve warfighters and their families better.

What's New in Military Medicine?

The Military Health System (MHS) is focused on continually finding innovative ways to protect, support, and advance the health and welfare of the Defense community. We remain on the cutting edge of medical practices and procedures, thus providing the best possible care for service members and beneficiaries. During the month of July, we will focus on the technological innovations in military medicine that have made the MHS a leader in healthcare delivery. 

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First cold storage platelet unit collected in Southwest Asia

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9/15/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Flannigan, NCO in charge of the apheresis element with the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, monitors the Trima Accel Automated Blood Collection System machine used to obtain blood platelets from donors at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Apheresis element Airmen are tasked with collecting and storing platelet products and providing them for distribution throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cynthia A. Innocenti)

It is likely that cold storage platelets, a method developed by the military, will eventually be the standard practice around the world for handling and shipping platelets

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Combat medic students train using hologram technology

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9/7/2017
Alonzo Gonzales, a Combat Medic Program emergency medical technician course instructor, lectures students in Alpha Class 70-17 about different obstetrics complications  utilizing a specialized OB training manikin. The OB manikins resemble life-size pelvic cavities inside which the “fetus” can be positioned to replicate any number of complicated situations. (U.S. Army photo by Lisa Braun)

The Combat Medic Training program is the first METC program to incorporate hologram technology to augment training

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Possible cause for severe eczema has been found

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8/21/2017
Some patients living with severe eczema – a possible disqualifying factor for military service – have been found to have mutations on a gene called CARD11. Identified as a possible cause for the condition, the discovery can lead to exciting possibilities for advancements, according to the researchers.

Some patients living with severe eczema have been found to have mutations on a gene called CARD11 – Identified as a possible cause for the condition, the discovery can lead to exciting possibilities for advancements, according to the researchers

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Health IT team working on creating an information ecosystem

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7/25/2017
Health IT team working to create ecosystem of information for patients, providers.

Highly interactive environment benefits patients, providers

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Counter-hemorrhaging medical device saves service members' lives

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7/18/2017
U.S. Army Spc. Courtney Natal provides aid to a simulated casualty. Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients in combat and in emergency care environments worldwide. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis)

Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients

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With success comes ‘great momentum’ in hearing center’s future

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7/13/2017
Marine Staff Sgt. Charles Mitchell takes the annual audiogram test at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

DoD’s Hearing Center of Excellence works closely with other departments and organizations, including VA and NIH, to facilitate research focused on prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing issues

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Partnership improves care, prosthetics for wounded warriors

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7/10/2017
Experts across the DoD and VA come together to collaborate on research and innovation through the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Anastasia McCarroll)

The Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence brings DoD and VA together to conduct research aimed at saving extremities and improving care for patients with amputations

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Army scientists hope to unlock clues to bone healing in space experiment

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7/3/2017
Bintu Sowe, an associate scientist at the U.S. Army U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research, processes samples from the bone healing experiment that was aboard the International Space Station. The samples were delivered back to Earth by SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft in March. (U.S. Army photo by Crystal Maynard)

Scientists at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research are hoping to determine how bones heal in microgravity, based on an experiment that launched to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX in February and returned to earth aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft in March

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Health Innovation Month: Finding new ways to better health outcomes

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6/30/2017
Sean Biggerstaff, Ph.D., acting director for the Research and Development directorate for the Defense Health Agency

July is Health Innovation Month in the MHS. Sean Biggerstaff, acting director for Research and Development for the Defense Health Agency, shares his thoughts on what health care innovations are doing to save lives on and off the battlefield

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Army supporting clinical trial testing hemorrhage control foam

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6/14/2017
Exsanguination, or bleeding to death, remains the most common cause of potentially survivable death to wounded warfighters. The Army is looking at this device as a potential stop-gap for patients awaiting surgical care. It could be a 'bridge to surgery,' keeping the patient alive long enough to give them a fighting chance at survival. The device resembles a caulk gun that contains expandable foam designed to be injected into a patient by a trauma surgeon. (U.S. Navy phot by Lt. j.g. Haraz  Ghanbari)

The Army is supporting a pivotal clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of a self-expanding foam device to stop massive intracavitary abdominal bleeding

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Airmen, Sailors support life-saving mission

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5/25/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Angel Figueroa, 18th Medical Operations Squadron technician, (left) and Maj. Melissa Dassinger, 18th Aerospace Evacuation Squadron Training Flight commander, test a “Giraffe” omnibed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. A C-17 Globemaster III can be equipped with materials and systems required to transport injured patients across great distances quickly and safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)

Airmen and Sailors worked together to outfit a C-17 Globemaster III with life-saving equipment

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New medical practice restores function for trauma, cancer patients

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5/18/2017
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III (left), chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service, and Dr. Khang Thai, plastic surgeon, WBAMC, utilize a microscope during a microvascular transplant or "free flap" surgery as part of WBAMC's Reconstructive Microsurgery Program. Reconstructive microsurgery is a new practice to WBAMC and includes the autologous transfer of tissue, nerves and bone to trauma, cancer, or birth-related defected areas of patients, restoring function to the affected area. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

The launch of the Reconstructive Microsurgery Program is the latest in reconstructive surgery advances

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Innovative scanner designed to save Marines' lives on the battlefield

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5/15/2017
Mark Urrutic, project officer for Family of Field Medical Equipment Team at Marine Corps Systems Command, uses an Infrascanner to locate a simulated hematoma on a mannequin's skull. The Infrascanner is a portable, medical diagnostic device that provides early detection of intracranial hematomas-or bleeding within the skull-in the field, potentially saving lives and improving casualty care and recovery. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Ashley Calingo)

The Infrascanner is a portable, medical diagnostic device that provides early detection of bleeding within the skull, in the field

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Chinn to Navy League: Innovations key to medically ready force, ready medical force

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4/7/2017
Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, talked about battlefield medicine innovations as Rear Adm. Stephen Pachuta, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps watched, during a combat survivability panel at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C. Others on the panel (not pictured)included Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Forrest Faison; Rear Adm. Cathal O’Connor, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE; and Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, director Medical Resources, Plans, and Policy at the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine.

Innovations in battlefield medicine are helping raise survival rates for those injured in combat to the highest levels in the history of warfare. Navy Rear Adm. Colin Chinn, the acting deputy director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke about that at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space exposition, April 5, 2017, at National Harbor just outside of ...

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Blue-light-blocking lenses a potential breakthrough for warfighters

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4/7/2017
Airmen at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, are illuminated by the glow of the blue light from their computer screens. Blue light blocks the brain's production of melatonin, an important chemical that helps people sleep. New lenses developed by the Navy are designed to be worn for a couple of hours before bedtime and will block the blue light, allowing warfighters to get better sleep. (U.S. Air Force photo by Greg L. Davis)

New tinting for glasses could help service members get more sleep.

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