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PACE bannerThe Office of Strategy Management aims to redefine the pace of innovation for the Military Health System (MHS) 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.”

PACE graphicWhy 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 the MHS?

We are 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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GMU researchers developing system to help ensure blood safety

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.

Researchers at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., are developing an automated validation and verification system to help ensure blood safety.

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Latest Army medical innovation to keep soldiers ready for the fight

Soldiers break down a portion of a Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter during an exercise in Japan. A new tool is helping medical personnel make sure soldiers are ready to deploy long before they arrive at any processing lines. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Chanelcherie DeMello)

During Innovation Month, we take a look at a new tool the Army is using to make sure soldiers are good to go, long before they hit that deployment line.

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Advances in health information technology and Internet of Things changing health care delivery

Army Lt. Col. Mark Mellott, branch chief of the Defense Health Agency’s Health Information Technology Innovation and Advanced Technology Development Division, sees the Internet of Things as ‘the perfect storm’ when it comes to changing knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding how healthcare is administered to beneficiaries.

Last summer, Army Lt. Col. Mark Mellott discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to change the dynamic of health care. In many ways that potential has now become a reality.

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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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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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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

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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.

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2013 MHS Innovation Report


2013 Military Health System Innovation Report. This report contains information about MHS innovations in clinical care, research and development, and healthcare management. It also provides an overview of the MHS Innovation Program and information on the future of MHS innovation.

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Waiver of Restrictive Licensure and Privileging Procedures to Facilitate the Expansion of Telemedicine Services in the Military Health System 12-010


In order to facilitate the expansion of telemedicine services in the Military Health System, this memorandum waives selective provisions of Department of Defense 602S.13-R, "Clinical Quality Assurance in the Military Health System," June 11 , 2004. This waiver is conditioned on the specific provisions of this memorandum, and shall remain in effect, unless modified or revoked, until the cancellation and reissuance of DoD 602S.13-R, or the issuance of a Department of Defense Instruction for or including telemedicine.

Planning for the Reform of the Governance of the Military Health System

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  • Date: 3/2/2012
  • Type: Guidelines
  • Topics: Innovation
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