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Here you will find information about technology in the Military Health System. Health information systems help your providers make decisions and keep records, save money on supplies, along with many other tasks. This section also contains information about how new systems are designed and current systems improved.

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New medical practice restores function for trauma, cancer patients

Article
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

Article
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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Belvoir Hospital offers cutting-edge liver cancer treatment

Article
4/25/2017
For patients battling cancer, quality of life is most often achieved through treatment options. At Belvoir Hospital, a new localized option – the first of its kind for any military hospital on the East Coast – is giving patients with liver tumors another choice to enhance their quality of life. (Department of Defense photo by Reese Brown)

Belvoir Hospital is giving patients with liver tumors another choice to enhance their quality of life

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MHS GENESIS Brand Style Guide, Version 12.0

Publication
4/21/2017

The purpose of this style guide is to establish the MHS GENESIS brand guidelines and educate its users to observe the brand standards. Branding is a key supporting element for communication, training and deployment activities.

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Keesler Medical Center surgeons implant Air Force's first Micra Pacemaker

Article
4/21/2017
Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Matthew Hann, 81st Medical Operations Squadron interventional cardiologist, inserts a Micra Transcatheter Pacing System at the Keesler Medical Center. Keesler is the first Air Force hospital to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia and restore the heart's normal rhythm by sending electrical impulses to increase heart rate

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David Grant Medical Center first Air Force hospital to receive advanced birthing simulator

Article
4/20/2017
Medical staff conduct training on the new Complicated OB Emergency Simulator at Travis Air Force Base, California.  Travis has been selected by the Defense Health Agency as one of five installations within DoD to be a pilot base for the new system. The system will provide a standardized platform for training for all levels of clinical staff to promote standardization on patient safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The Defense Health Agency purchased five of the simulators for the Department of Defense and chose Travis as the pilot base for the Air Force to provide the training and necessary feedback

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Army modernizes portable battlefield radiography system

Article
4/14/2017
U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency Equipment Specialist Diego Gomez-Morales demonstrates the new Portable Digital Radiography System that will replace two aging devices, including an X-ray generator and an accompanying computerized reader system. The PDRS combines these capabilities into a single lightweight X-ray unit intended for use by deployed medical, Special Operations and Mortuary Affair Army units. (U.S. Army photo by Ellen Crown)

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency will soon field the PDRS to the Army to replace two aging devices, including an X-ray generator and an accompanying computerized reader system

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Keesler surgeons perform first robotic surgery in Air Force

Article
4/6/2017
Members of the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron perform the first robotic surgery in the Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Using robotic surgery decreases risk of surgical sight infections while giving the surgeon better visibility and dexterity while operating, which improves the overall surgical procedure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jenay Randolph)

Surgeons used the da Vinci Xi robot to perform a robotic ventral hernia repair

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Walter Reed makes new leadless pacemaker available to military patients

Article
3/13/2017
Surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center implant the leadless pacemaker. (U.S. Army photo)

Doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are implementing the leadless pacemaker

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TOL Patient Portal Secure Messaging

Fact Sheet
3/9/2017

TRICARE Online Patient Portal (TOLPP) Secure Messaging (SM) provides Military Health System patients who receive care at a military treatment facility or clinic access to a robust messaging capability, allowing authorized patients the ability to securely communicate with their health care team.

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Joint Patient Safety Reporting

Fact Sheet
3/7/2017

Joint Patient Safety Reporting (JPSR) is a web-based application that integrates the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Administration (VHA) patient safety reporting organizations to create a joint global application.

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Technology | Patient Safety

Personal responsibility is key to cybersecurity

Article
2/23/2017
Servio Medina, one of the Defense Health Agency’s Health Information Technology leaders on cybersecurity, implores his audience to practice positive cyber hygiene. (MHS photo)

Leader in cybersecurity discusses the risks of human error in cybersecurity at HIMSS

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MHS IT director explains to HIMSS how recent updates will deliver more from less

Article
2/21/2017
Air Force Col. Richard Terry, the acting chief information officer for the MHS, enjoys a brief moment of levity as he spoke at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 conference in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 20, 2017. (MHS photo)

In a time of tightening budgets, information technology serves as a critical component in the delivery of the best health care for Military Health System beneficiaries

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Technology | MHS GENESIS

Tiny life-saving device receives FDA clearance

Article
2/3/2017
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research senior scientist, Victor Convertino, Ph.D. (right), demonstrates the functions and capabilities of the Compensatory Reserve Index to Army Maj. Gen. Barbara Holcomb, commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. (U.S. Army photo by Steven Galvan)

The ability to measure the body's capacity to compensate for blood loss has been the focus of researchers at the USAISR for years

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TRICARE Online Patient Portal

Fact Sheet
1/31/2017

TRICARE Online Patient Portal (TOL) is the Department of Defense (DoD) online patient portal providing eligible beneficiaries access to military hospital and clinic appointing, prescription (Rx) refill, DoD Blue Button personal health data, Secure Messaging, Service Separation/Retirement and Nurse Advice Line.

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