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Health Innovation Month

During the month of July, we will focus on the technological innovations in military medicine that have made the MHS a leader in health care delivery.

July is Health Innovation Month

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.

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First cold storage platelet unit collected in Southwest Asia

Article
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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Joint Pathology Center celebrates century of helping military docs confirm diagnoses

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9/11/2017
Pamela Baker (left), 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutic Squadron cytology technician, prepares the staining of a patient's tissue sample, while Maj. Luisa Watts (right), 88 DTS pathologist shows 1st Lt. Jeffrey Davey (center) her findings on a screen that connects to the microscope inside the operating room at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, June 26, 2017. Watts examines the tissue sample under the microscope to make a diagnosis of the patient's condition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michelle Gigante)

The Joint Pathology Center is celebrating 100 years of a repository that helps health care providers get that second opinion on diagnoses

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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

MHS GENESIS Postcard

Publication
9/5/2017

This postcard is for MHS GENESIS locations to provide to beneficiaries as introductory information.

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NHRC research studies link between injury and fitness

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8/31/2017
Graphic from NHRC Public Affairs

Dr. Karen Kelly, a physiologist with the Naval Health Research Center’s (NHRC), discussed her recent work examining the relationship between training requirements, fitness and musculoskeletal injuries, during a breakout session at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 30.

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From the classroom to the fight: Preparing for surgical care on the battlefield

Article
8/30/2017
Bringing expeditionary resuscitation and surgical teams directly to the battlefield reduces time and distance, increasing chances for survival. Made up of experienced surgeons, physicians, and nurses with specialties ranging from general surgery to emergency room care, the teams are equipped to provide crucial surgery procedures out in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier)

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

Article
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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Knowledge translation: What is it, how will it help?

Article
8/29/2017
The Military Health System Research Symposium is Defense Department's premier scientific meeting.

Knowledge translation is a process to take medical research findings and put them into evidenced-based treatments in a more timely and useful way

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Possible cause for severe eczema has been found

Article
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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Embedded Air Force researchers develop innovative battlefield medical technology

Article
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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No Patient Left Behind

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7/26/2017
Army Col. Rich Wilson (left) moderates a panel discussion with current and former program managers from the Defense Health Agency's Solution Delivery Division. The panel, titled No Patient Left Behind: Leveraging Partnerships for Change, discussed the importance of supporting patient care during modernization as the MHS transitions legacy applications to new systems. Focusing on enterprise planning, patient risk mitigation, and the balance of investment, the panel discussed the importance of positive government and vendor relationships and ways to apply past experiences to build strategies for success in the future.

Army Col. Rich Wilson (left) moderates a panel discussion with current and former program managers from the Defense Health Agency's Solution Delivery Division. The panel, titled No Patient Left Behind: Leveraging Partnerships for Change, discussed the importance of supporting patient care during modernization as the MHS transitions legacy applications ...

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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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Lab developed tests help keep military medicine on the leading edge of innovation

Article
7/24/2017
Air Force Staff Sgt. Mari Crespo, a medical laboratory technician, conducts tests on a blood bank unit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 26, 2017. A program that allows lab developed tests for purchased care for TRICARE beneficiaries has been renewed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland)

A program that allows coverage of lab developed tests for purchased care for TRICARE beneficiaries has been renewed.

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Military Health System Data Repository (MDR)

Fact Sheet
7/19/2017

The MDR is the centralized data repository that captures, archives, validates, integrates and distributes Defense Health Agency (DHA) corporate health care data worldwide.

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