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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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Hospital goes low, high tech to ensure patient safety

Article
1/19/2017
Evans Army Community Hospital operating room nurse Regina Andrews performs a diagnostic test on the RFID wand. The wand is used to locate surgical sponges embedded with an RFID chip. (U.S. Army photo by Jeff Troth)

To ensure the count of medical sponges is correct in its operating rooms, Evans Army Community Hospital has started using radio-frequency ID sponges

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BLAST: Greater speed, accuracy in recognizing brain injury

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1/18/2017
Marines shield themselves from a detonated explosive charge during a breaching exercise. Modern body armor better protects warfighters against shrapnel from explosive blasts. However, they still face the resulting blast pressure and shock wave that could cause traumatic brain injury. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)

The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring the development of a portable, three-part system that can measure blast pressure, establish injury thresholds for the brain and analyze potential TBI symptoms

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WBAMC introduces robotic-assisted tubal re-anastomosis

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1/17/2017
Dr. Jennifer Orr, urogynecologist, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, stands in front of WBAMC's robotic surgical system which was used to perform the first robotic-assisted tubal re-anastomosis at WBAMC. The introduction of robotic assisted tubal re-anastomosis, commonly known as tubal ligation reversal, provides eligible beneficiaries with a third option for the procedure, an option studies show produces higher success rates for post-operation pregnancy. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

William Beaumont Army Medical Center recently performed its first robotic-assisted surgery for tubal re-anastomosis

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DARPA provides groundbreaking bionic arms to Walter Reed

Article
12/28/2016
Dr. Justin Sanchez, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Biological Technologies Office, fist-bumps with one of the first two advanced “LUKE” arms to be delivered from a new production line during a ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

DARPA is collaborating with Walter Reed to make bionic arms available to service members and veterans who are rehabilitating after suffering upper-limb loss

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Air Force supports improved method for transporting TBI patients

Article
11/28/2016
Cornerstone Research Group’s aeromedical evacuation stretcher is shown during a compatibility test on a KC-135 aircraft. (Courtesy photo)

Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine scientists are testing and evaluating a novel aeromedical evacuation stretcher designed to safely transport traumatic brain and spinal injury patients in air and ground vehicles

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Virtual health extends Army Medicine reach

Article
11/21/2016
Army Lt. Col. Robert Cornfeld, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, conducts the first in-home virtual health visit within Regional Health Command Europe. In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic. (U.S. Army photo by Ashley Patoka)

In-home virtual health provides patients with the option to conduct a doctor's visit without having to go into a clinic

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Human trials begin for Army-developed Zika vaccine

Article
11/15/2016
The Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito – Aedes aegypti, shown here, and Aedes albopictus. The same mosquitoes spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention photo by James Gathany)

A Zika vaccine clinical trial began recently at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research officials announced

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The future of intensive care: Tele-ICU

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11/7/2016
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The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center partners with Veteran Affairs to bring the first Tele-ICU to the Critical Care Unit, improving the quality of patient care

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Classifying the Histomorphology of Prostatic Adenocarcinoma with Deep Neural Networks

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11/1/2016

Classifying the Histomorphology of Prostatic Adenocarcinoma with Deep Neural Networks

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Air Force's first robotic surgery training course established at Keesler

Article
10/31/2016
The Keesler Medical Center recently acquired two da Vinci Xis, which are the newest robotic surgical systems available. One surgical robot is set up as part of the Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education to assist surgeons in getting their official robotic surgery credentials. (Courtesy photo)

Keesler Air Force Base surgeons are forging a new path in military medicine by being the first in the Air Force to use one of the most advanced robotic surgery systems available

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Genome Center tracking and sequencing - making a difference in health care

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10/28/2016
Nathan Watt, a research associate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, closely monitors data on a next-generation sequencer in The American Genome Center at the university. This sequencing helps pinpoint genetic mutations that could serve as biomarkers, which can better predict disease risks and outcomes. TAGC is one of four academic genome centers in the U.S. and the only genome center in the federal system.  (DoD photo by Sarah Marshall)

The American Genome Center at USU aims to study large populations by quickly sequencing thousands of genomes

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Military researchers making progress in medical simulation

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10/27/2016
A soldier applies a tourniquet to a simulated casualty during a training exercise. (Courtesy photo)

A recent research review highlighted several bright spots for the future of military medicine

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A decade of progress in Women’s health, cancer research

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10/26/2016
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Denise Thigpen, director, Breast Imaging Center at the Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Bethesda, reads two mammograms of a patient. (Courtesy photo)

New discoveries at the Murtha Cancer Center have researchers encouraged about Women’s cancer research

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Virtual medicine will be norm in future crises, says health chief

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10/25/2016
In a demonstration of the telehealth process at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, clinical staff nurse Army Lt. Maxx P. Mamula examines mock patient Army Master Sgt. Jason H. Alexander using a digital external ocular camera.

The future battlespace may be contested to such a degree that medevacs may be impossible and field hospitals, much less forward operating bases, may not be located nearby

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Bono to AFCEA: New electronic health record is key for future of engaging military health patients

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10/14/2016
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, said military members have to be ready to go anywhere in the world on short notice. To help solve the complexity of care with that readiness aspect, Bono pointed to the Military Health System’s new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS, as key to helping conversations between doctors and patients, no matter where people are. (Courtesy photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, spoke at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Health IT Day 2016, a gathering of approximately 1,000 federal government workers, including the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services, as well as private IT industry representatives.

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