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Unexpected survivors: Tapping the past to inform the future of casualty care

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8/21/2019
Dr. Emily Mayhew, author and historian, spoke on "Unexpected Survivors: The History and Future of Military Medicine" at 2019 MHSRS on Tuesday morning at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. (MHS photo)

Plenary speakers focus on expanding readiness of providers and teams

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MHSRS 2019

Research for Readiness: Military Health System kicks off annual symposium

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8/20/2019
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Thomas McCaffery, welcomed attendees to the Military Health System Research Symposium on Monday, August 19th at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. (MHS photo)

Research, development ensures service members are better prepared, better protected, better cared for

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Research and Innovation | MHSRS 2019

Individuals, teams honored at MHSRS for exemplary research

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8/20/2019
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel C. Bono and Navy Rear Adm. Mary C. Riggs join individual and team award winners honored at the 2019 Military Health System Research Symposium on Monday, August 19th in Kissimmee, Florida. (MHS photo)

New nurse researcher award debuts this year

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Research and Innovation | MHSRS 2019

DHA plus DLA equals one joint approach for health care logistics

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8/20/2019
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, DHA director (left), and Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams, DLA director (right) signed a memorandum of agreement on Aug. 15, at Defense Health Headquarters. The agreement clarifies the agencies' complementary roles and responsibilities, avoiding duplication of effort while retaining DLA as DHA's acquisition enabler of choice for medical materiel. (MHS photo)

Agency directors sign memorandum of agreement

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Combat Support | Medical Logistics

Five tips for back-to-school vaccinations

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8/19/2019
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ayla Soltren, a 5th Battalion Army Reserve Career Division counselor, collects school supplies with her daughter, Lana, at a Back to School Info Fair hosted by the 6th Force Support Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 3, 2019. Another tradition of the season is making sure vaccinations are up to date to keep students healthy and protected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan C. Grossklag)

Keeping children up-to-date on vaccinations protects them from vaccine-preventable infections that can be spread throughout schools and day care centers.

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Preventive Health | Children's Health

For healthy older adults, new shingles vaccine is worth the wait

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8/16/2019
A pharmacist prepares a dose of the shingles vaccine to be administered at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's Town Center Pharmacy, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

Availability has improved across the MHS, experts say

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Preventive Health

Three steps for a successful end-of-summer blow out

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8/14/2019
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mario Cardenas, with Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, prepares lunch for the H&HS Barbecue Cook-off at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Hiatt)

In just three stages, any military family can have a fun-filled welcome party for fall

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Preventive Health | Summer Safety

CyberLOG's the safe word for medical devices, equipment

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8/2/2019
Air Force Maj. Jeffrey Barnes, chief medical information officer for DHA Medical Logistics, is coordinating the transition of DHA medical logistics as well as the medical device Risk Management Framework. (DHA photo)

RMF is a structured process that identifies potential cyber threats, and defines strategies to eliminate or minimize risks

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DHITS 2019

Better together: DoD, VA collaboration focus of DHITS session

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8/1/2019
Chris Harrington, deputy assistant director of the Defense Health Agency's Information Operations Solution Delivery Division, interacts with an attendee at the 2019 Defense Health Information Technology Symposium. Harrington spoke about DoD-VA collaboration on Wednesday, July 31, during a breakout session at DHITS. The theme of this year's DHA-sponsored event is "One Team, One Mission – Enabling MHS Transformation." (MHS photo)

Joint IT health applications benefit both, leaders say

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Military Health System Electronic Health Record | DHITS 2019

Tick Facts: Dangers at the height of tick season

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7/31/2019
A tick like this one, seen at 10x magnification, can spread a number of dangerous pathogens during the warm-weather months. (Photo by Cornel Constantin)

Many diseases are transferred to humans by ticks — Lyme is the most common, but several others, described here, are worth knowing about

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Bug-Borne Illnesses | Bug Week: July 27 - August 2 | Tick-Borne Illnesses | Health Readiness | Preventive Health | Public Health

Medical devices, MHS GENESIS: DHITS session focuses on ties that bind

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7/31/2019
Saad Khan, (left), DHA's chief of biomedical devices integration listens to Air Force Lt. Col. Christina Sheets (right), the assistant program manager for MHS GENESIS Baseline.  Khan explained that across five clinical capabilities – anesthesia, laboratory, PACS (picture archiving and communications system), pharmacy, and physiological monitoring – 17,359 individual medical devices are currently connected to legacy electronic health records. (MHS photo)

No compromises on patient safety, Khan stresses

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MHS GENESIS | DHITS 2019

Flanders rallies health IT professionals to be 'cost warriors'

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7/30/2019
Pat Flanders, deputy assistant director for Information Operations, and Military Health System chief information officer, spoke about Ektropy. Ektropy is a customized web-based program and portfolio management solution that helps the MHS run like a business. It provides unprecedented relational view among cost, contracts, personnel, and programs across the MHS. The name is meant to be the antonym of the word entropy, which means lack of order. (MHS photo)

DHA's chief information officer gives opening remarks at DHITS

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DHITS 2019

Zapping mosquitoes from the inside out

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7/29/2019
While chemical mosquito population control measures have been used with some degree of success, they are toxic to other insect populations and to the health of humans. A different angle of defense has emerged, which is genetic modification of the mosquito itself, making it transgenic. Transgenic mosquitoes are unable to transmit a pathogen, such as malaria, due to their altered genetic makeup. (DoD photo)

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying at summer barbecues. In many parts of the world, they carry pathogens for Zika, dengue, yellow fever and malaria, the most devastating of mosquito-borne diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 440,000 people died in sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 from malaria, contracted from the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Protecting U.S. military personnel who continue to serve in this part of world is critical.

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Bug Week: July 27 - August 2 | Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Zika Virus | Preventing Mosquito-Borne Illnesses | Preventive Health | Innovation | Medical Research and Development | Deployment Health

Move over sharks … It’s time to talk about bugs!

Article
7/24/2019
Bug Week graphic (MHS graphic)

The Military Health System celebrates Bug Week from July 27 through August 2

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Bug Week: July 27 - August 2

Stop the Bleed: A battlefield innovation on civilian soil

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7/19/2019
USU's Dr. Craig Goolsby (center) observes as high school students at a conference in Orlando, Florida, practice using a tourniquet after watching a web-based tutorial. Goolsby is researching effective teaching methods as part of a grant to develop a trauma first-aid course for students that incorporates elements of Stop the Bleed. (USU photo by Sarah Marshall)

Program teaches public how to respond to bleeding emergencies

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Public Health | Innovation | Medical Research and Development | Emergency Preparedness and Response
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