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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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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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Technology | Health IT Research and Innovation Strategy

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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Technology | Innovation

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

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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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TRICARE Health Program | Medical Research and Development

Small critters, big consequences: be mindful of tick-borne diseases

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7/21/2017
Tick bites and associated illnesses can be prevented, experts warn

Infections from ticks are on the rise, but they can be prevented. Knowing what the local risks are, such as Lyme disease or Powassan, and taking steps to minimize exposure can help.

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Summer Safety

MHS Online Transparency Site launch

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7/20/2017
Patients who use military hospitals and clinics will find it easier to see how their facility is performing thanks to June 28 changes by the Military Health System to its transparency website. (MHS graphic)

Recent changes put ratings at beneficiary fingertips through simple online clicks

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MHS Quality, Patient Safety, and Access Information (for Patients) | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Quality and Safety of Health Care (for Healthcare Professionals)

Exertional heat injuries pose annual threat to U.S. service members

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7/20/2017
Two U.S. service members perform duties in warm weather where they may be exposed to extreme heat conditions and a higher risk of heat illness.

Exertional heat injuries pose annual threat to U.S. service members, according to a study published in Defense Health Agency’s Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) peer-reviewed journal, the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.

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Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Medical Surveillance Monthly Report | Summer Safety

Pacific Angel exercise in Fiji focuses on exchanges of expertise

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7/19/2017
Sergeant Natoga Anitelu, left, a medical services technician with Fiji's military forces, discusses the best ways to clear an infant's airway with U.S. Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Paola Rosa, center, and U.S. Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Scott Stewart, right, during a subject-matter-expert exchange as part of exercise Pacific Angel 17-3 at a health care center in Ba, Fiji. (Air Force photo by Capt. Samantha Morrison)

Pacific Angel has multilateral international participants from across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region working together to assist local communities and improve capabilities among one another as one team

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Civil Military Medicine | Health Readiness

Counter-hemorrhaging medical device saves service members' lives

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7/18/2017
U.S. Army Spc. Courtney Natal provides aid to a simulated casualty. Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients in combat and in emergency care environments worldwide. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Harley Jelis)

Born out of necessity on the battlefield, a new medical device is buying vital time for critically wounded patients

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Research and Innovation | Innovation

In the zone at WBAMC's inpatient wards

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7/17/2017
Usa Thompson, staff nurse, Surgical Ward, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, measures medication while donning a visual aid designed to limit interactions and distractions while administering medications. Inpatient Wards at WBAMC implemented distraction-free designated times and other initiatives to proactively combat potential for error in missed or incorrect medications. (U.S. Army photo by Marcy Sanchez)

William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s Inpatient Wards have proactively implemented a distraction-free designated time dubbed, Medzone

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Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Patient Safety

Vice Chairman praises 'Hidden Heroes' at Warrior Games closing ceremony

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7/14/2017
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, applauds ultimate champion medal recipients, from left, Air Force Senior Airman Jamie Biviano, gold; Air Force Capt. Austin Williamson, silver; and Marine Corps Staff. Sgt. John Stanz, bronze, during the closing ceremony for the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago, July 8, 2017. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

The 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games drew to a close July 8

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Warrior Care | Warrior Games

Watch out for 'hidden' sugars

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7/14/2017
Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caleb McDonald)

Some sugars occur naturally in fruits and milk products. However, other sugars are added to foods and drinks during preparation, processing, or at your table.

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Nutrition | Human Performance Resource Center

Smith tells Global Health Diplomacy students cooperation needed between nations, government

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7/14/2017
Dr. David Smith, performing the duties of the assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, speaks during a panel session at the U.S. State Department’s Global Health Diplomacy course at the agency’s Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, July 12, 2017.

Dr. David Smith, performing the duties of the assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, spoke during a panel session at the U.S. State Department’s Global Health Diplomacy course at the agency’s Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, July 12, 2017, He told attendees that cooperation across U.S. government agencies’ lines is crucial ...

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Global Health Engagement

With success comes ‘great momentum’ in hearing center’s future

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7/13/2017
Marine Staff Sgt. Charles Mitchell takes the annual audiogram test at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

DoD’s Hearing Center of Excellence works closely with other departments and organizations, including VA and NIH, to facilitate research focused on prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing issues

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Hearing Loss | DoD/VA Sharing Initiatives | Innovation

Summer sun safety

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7/12/2017
We all love being in the sun. But being in the sum means it's time to revisit smart practices to protect you, your family and especially your children from exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays. (U.S. Army photo by Ronald Wolf)

Although anyone of any skin color has some risk for skin cancer, some individuals are at much higher risk

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Summer Safety

Sweltering ‘dog days’ of summer are no walk in the park for household pets

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7/11/2017
Dogs like Jade, shown relaxing in the shade in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, are more vulnerable than cats to heat hazards because they usually spend more time outside with their owners.

Heat and other summertime risks for pets

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Summer Safety | Veterinary Service
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