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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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App helps Guard Soldiers prepare for physical fitness test

Article
10/4/2017
New app available through Guard Your Health will help Soldiers prepare for their physical fitness assessments. (U.S. Army photo)

Guard Your Health recently launched Guard Fit

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Physical Activity | Technology | Health Readiness

Combat medic students train using hologram technology

Article
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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Technology | Innovation

Training, technological synergy likely the key to future battlefield care scenarios

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8/30/2017
Soldiers from the 15th Brigade Support Battalion out of Fort Hood, Texas, provide treatment to the "wounded" during a mass casualty exercise, March 2, 2015. The training, taking place on Fort Irwin, California, is part of a National Training Center rotation scenario testing their ability to perform under a simulated combat environment. (Photo Credit: G. A. Volb)

Universal interoperability among technological devices and the development of an on-demand, on-call marketplace for continuous communication regardless of location key for prolonged care on the battlefield

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Embedded Air Force researchers develop innovative battlefield medical technology

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8/18/2017
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Bean, a pararescue jumper, demonstrates how BATDOK can be worn on the wrist, providing awareness of the health status of multiple patients. Developing BATDOK required Air Force medical researchers to embed with pararescue jumpers on live missions to ensure the tool met the rigorous standards required by combat Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force researchers developed a new electronic patient monitoring tool for use on the battlefield

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Bono to DHITS: Use health IT to better serve patients

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7/26/2017
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, speaks at the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium, July 25, in Orlando, Florida. The three-day meeting brings together more than 2,000 information technology professionals, health care providers, and administrators who use IT solutions to better serve patients.

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency, tells the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium in Orlando, Florida, that health IT is vital to taking care of service members and their families.

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Health IT team working on creating an information ecosystem

Article
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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Technology | Innovation

Army supporting clinical trial testing hemorrhage control foam

Article
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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Military telepain clinics in D.C. area help patients manage pain

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6/7/2017
Dr. Christopher Spevak, director of the opioid safety program for the National Capital Region in and around Washington, D.C., uses the telehealth equipment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. (DoD photo by Kalila Fleming)

Being able to see your doctor without being in the same room, or even the same hospital, is giving some Military Health System beneficiaries more access to care; and it’s helping the MHS manage its opioid usage

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Technology | Military Hospitals and Clinics

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

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

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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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Military Hospitals and Clinics | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Children's Health | Women's Health | Technology

Army modernizes portable battlefield radiography system

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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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