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The Office of Strategy Management aims to redefine the pace of innovation in service, process, and technology innovation by empowering individuals, sharing best practices, and collaborating with strategic partners. The Office advances Health and Readiness across the full spectrum of military operations in combat, community, and global environments.

OSM defines innovation as accelerating the adoption of transformational initiatives, so we can advance a “medically ready force and a ready medical force.”

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Why Innovation?

Exponential change is reshaping today’s healthcare environment and the continued viability of the MHS depends on its ability to innovate. Incremental improvements are no longer enough to keep pace with change. Embracing innovation allows the MHS to build the necessary partnerships, processes, and technologies to serve warfighters and their families better.

What's New in Military Medicine?

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

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Army partners with MIT Lincoln Lab on voice analysis program to detect brain injury

Service members are at higher risk for TBI because their jobs are physically demanding and potentially dangerous, both in combat and training environments. However, not all blows or jolts to the head result in TBI. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Paige Behringer)

Researchers with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory are developing a computer algorithm to identify vocal indicators that could help diagnose mild traumatic brain injury or concussion

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USAF Hospital Langley: First active duty hospital with 3-D laparoscopic capability

U.S. Air Force Capt. Stuart Winkler, left, 633rd Medical Operations Squadron obstetrician, uses a 3-D scope and glasses while performing a hysterectomy at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. The 3-D technology is new in the operating rooms at Langley which gives surgeons accuracy, speed and precision during surgical tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ciara Gosier)

USAF Hospital Langley is the first active duty military hospital in the U.S. to have a 3-D laparoscopic camera

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Pathogen reduction technology funding approved, ASBP on the forefront of deployment

The Armed Services Blood Bank Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., received a new state-of-the-art blood mobile May 5.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to provide more than $48 million to fund pathogen reduction technologies

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Scientists probe Traumatic Brain Injury effects at research lab

Sensors attached to a translucent model skull are used to measure explosive shock velocity and pressure at the Army Research Laboratory Weapons and Materials Research Directorate at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. Data captured by the sensors are used to assist studies in traumatic brain injuries. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

The Army Research Laboratory’s specialized experiments offer repeatable parameters to attain more reliable data and to complement strides made by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the medical and academic communities

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Belvoir Hospital “glues” its status as innovative facility with new varicose vein procedure

Marine Corps Capt. Brett Disher receives an ultrasound of his affected blood vessel prior to varicose vein correction surgery.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital was the first military treatment facility to perform varicose vein correction using medical-grade glue

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Wartime innovation: Battleborn medical device saves lives at home

Air Force Majors Timothy Williams, left, and Lucas Neff, right, perform bench top testing of balloon catheters at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., using a custom-made blood flow simulator.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the REBOA catheter, or resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta, in January 2016

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Do I look healthy in these genes?

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson speaks after a panel discussion for the White House Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Summit in Washington, D.C. Feb. 25, 2016.

Medical practitioners, patients, researchers, data analysts, and the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs convened at the White House Precision Medicine Initiative Summit to highlight innovation and technology strides in preventive and enhanced care for veterans and service members.

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Army physicians use creative solutions to treat child

Payton Hanson with his care team: Army Capt. Macy Marshall, David Jones, Army Capt. Theresa Suggs, Lacy Smith, Army Pvt. Alexander Guess at Reynolds Army Community Hospital.

Doctors were at a loss for how to treat the wounds that had been plaguing their young patient

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Natick scientists collaborating to create 'second-skin' protection

Dr. Paola D'Angelo, a research bioengineer at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, is working on second-skin, chemical-biological protection.

Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center collaborate with scientists to develop "second-skin," chemical-biological protection

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BATDOK uses technology to save lives

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Bean, an Air Force Pararescue Jumper, demonstrates how BATDOK can be worn on the wrist providing awareness of multiple patient health status. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Engineers with the 711th Human Performance Wing, Human Effectiveness Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are working on wearable technology to assist medics in the field

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Bright spots of innovation: Q&A with past Innovation Award winner Nigel Bush

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An app that helps those contemplating suicide find hope instead was an Innovation Award winner last year.

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Army to enlist robots to pull Soldiers off battlefield

One day, unmanned vehicles, similar to but larger than this small unmanned ground vehicle, may roll onto battlefields to rescue injured Soldiers, said the commander of the Army Medical Department Center and School. (U.S. Army photo by Stephen Baack)

Army-operated unmanned aerial or ground vehicles could be used to save lives in the near future

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Research to control blood loss underway for enhanced battlefield care

Third-year medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences go through an exercise on the school's campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

In lab tests at Pacific JITC Biotechnology Hui, Rapid Active Injury/Distress Enhanced Recovery or RAIDER therapy has been effective at clotting plasma and blood within 3 seconds, which will be a dramatic breakthrough for treatment of serious battlefield wounds.

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The emerging world of cold-store platelets

Army Specialist Diana Fontenelle preps blood for an incoming trauma patient.

The effort to stretch the limits of cold platelet storage has gained renewed traction.

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Three organizations to join the Defense Health Agency


The National Museum of Health and Medicine, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System become part of the DHA on August 23, 2015.

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