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NCR Quality Symposium engages patients and care teams

Article
11/22/2017
Tiffany Christensen, Vice President of Experience Innovation at The Beryl Institute, discusses her experiences with cystic fibrosis and the overall patient perspective in the health care experience. (Courtesy photo)

Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Tiffany Christensen’s struggles with her health, and with the health care system, lent purpose to her life

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Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals) | Clinical Quality Management

Let's talk about sex, occupational therapist says

Article
11/22/2017
Occupational therapist Kathryn Ellis meets with a patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. (Courtesy photo)

Silence on topic no help to wounded warriors

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Warrior Care

MHS GENESIS deployed in Pacific Northwest

Article
11/16/2017
Commanding officers of the military treatment facilities involved in the initial deployment of MHS GENESIS, the Department of Defense's new electronic health record pose for a commemorative photo with senior leadership during the MHS GENESIS Recognition Ceremony Nov. 15 at Madigan Army Medical Center. The Pacific Northwest was selected as the initial deployment site for the new EHR, which has now been fielded at Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, Naval Hospital Bremerton and Madigan Army Medical Center. Pictured from left, Army Col. Michael Place, commander, Madigan Army Medical Center; Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director, Defense Health Agency; Air Force Col. Michaelle Guerrero, 92nd Medical Group at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington; Stacy Cummings, program executive officer, Defense Healthcare Management System; Navy Capt. Jeffrey Bitterman, commanding officer, Naval Hospital Bremerton; Navy Capt. Christine Sears, commanding officer, Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor; and Thomas McCaffery, acting assistant secretary of defense for Health Affairs. (U.S. Army photo by Flavia Hulsey)

The Pacific Northwest was selected as the initial deployment site for the new EHR

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Military Health System Electronic Health Record | MHS GENESIS

Things that make you go ‘om’: Meditation for healthy living

Article
11/15/2017
A soldier with the 160th Signal Brigade meditates before duty at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Margaret Taylor)

Researchers say brain changes may lead to long-term benefits

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Integrative Wellness | Human Performance Resource Center | Warrior Care

Resource helps tobacco users get ready for quit day

Article
11/15/2017
Navy Lt. Misha Lockey (right) a dentist at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, educates a patient during a routine exam about the harmful effects of tobacco and resources available to help users quit. (U.S. Navy photo by Lisa Lill)

Some risks of tobacco use are obvious, others surprising

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UK-US partnership to advance interoperability between military medical services

Article
11/9/2017
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery signs a Task Force Charter with the acting Surgeon General of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Major General Martin Bricknell, continuing a UK-US partnership to advance interoperability between military medical services. McCaffery reaffirmed that the partnership enables both countries to better equip our Armed Forces community with the best possible medical support and capabilities for service personnel, veterans, and their families. By sharing information and developing opportunities for combined training and collaborative research, the United States and United Kingdom are committed to advancing military medical services and working side-by-side in defense of global interests.

Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery signs a Task Force Charter with the acting Surgeon General of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Major General Martin Bricknell, continuing a UK-US partnership to advance interoperability between military medical services.

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Global Health Engagement

From the Ardennes Forest to Da Nang

Article
11/9/2017
Maj. Gen. Timothy McGuire, deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Europe, and Charles Shay, a Native American D-Day veteran who participated in the liberation of France, shake hands at the Charles Shay Memorial in Saint Laurent sur Mer, France, June 5, 2017. (DoD photo by A1C Alexis C. Schultz/Released)

Charles Shay, a World War II and Korean War combat medic, and Pat Upah, a Vietnam War and Gulf War nurse, share their experiences in honor of Veteran’s Day

The gift of a kidney bolsters bond between classmates

Article
11/6/2017
West Point classmates Chris Connelly (left) and Air Force Col. Dave Ashley feel well enough to pose for a photo the day after Ashley donated a kidney to Connelly. (Courtesy photo)

MHS supports officer in living organ donation

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Warrior Care

We have the technology: 3-D printing takes wounded warriors to a new dimension

Article
11/2/2017
Peter Liacouras is director of the 3-D Medical Applications Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Center at Walter Reed designs, produces custom-made items

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Technology | Warrior Care

Online patient portal saves time, improves access to medical information

Article
10/30/2017
The TRICARE Online Patient Portal connects registered users with online health care information and services at military hospitals and clinics.

Patients who can more easily access their own health information using TRICARE Online are more inclined to use the health benefit

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Breast reconstruction can aid psychological healing

Article
10/30/2017
Army Lt. Col. Owen Johnson III, a plastic surgeon at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas, discusses options available for reconstructive surgery with a patient. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

Breast reconstruction as a part of cancer care is one of the procedures backed by national health care policy, requiring TRICARE and insurance companies to provide reconstructive services

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Women's Health

Women's monthly symptoms may indicate more serious conditions

Article
10/27/2017
Nagging symptoms that are assumed to be the result of a woman’s monthly cycle can really be warning signs of two common diseases, both of which are treatable.

For Women’s Health Month, providers are encouraging women to get evaluated for endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome – two common conditions that can go undiagnosed

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Strengthening capabilities, fostering partnership top priorities at global health summit

Article
10/27/2017
Admiral Tim Ziemer, head of U.S. delegation, giving remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.

A growing partnership of more than 60 nations is working to build countries’ capacity to help create a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and elevate global health security

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More women are winning the battle against breast cancer

Article
10/26/2017
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jada Leahy (right), a general surgeon at Naval Hospital Pensacola, and Michelle Wilkes, a breast health specialist, talks to a patient about breast cancer.  Some warning signs of breast cancer include a lump in the breast or armpit, nipple discharge, any change in the size or shape of the breast or pain in the breast. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz)

New treatments, better results for breast cancer

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Women's Health

Cancer vaccine for youth is effective, safe

Article
10/25/2017
The HPV vaccine is very safe, and most people don’t have any problems or side effects. Studies have shown the vaccine caused HPV rates to decline 64 percent among teenaged girls ages 14 to 19, and 34 percent among women ages 20 to 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristin High)

Experts share what parents need to know about the HPV vaccine

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Children's Health | Women's Health
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