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ISSUE 15 JUNE 2010 Welcome

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MHS Vital Signs is distributed monthly to your inbox. To sign up and view the full version, visit us on the web at June 2010 Online Edition: • • June Is Men’s Health Month New DoD Policy Outlines Military Health Support in Global Stability Missions Answering the Call: The DoDUSPHS Mental Health Initiative Warrior Care Spotlight: Warrior Games Closing Marks New Beginning Neurology Residents Score Highest in Nation Research Roundup: Bar Codes Used to Track Surgical Instruments Did You Know: T3 Contracts

In June, the Military Health System recognizes Men’s Health Month. It’s an opportune time for us all to focus on protecting and enhancing our health. In our military we’re trained to take charge. I cannot over-emphasize the importance for us all to do just that: what we have been trained to do and what we know to be best for our own well-being. Health includes not only physical fitness but much more. Sustaining good health means engaging in regular exercise, preventing injuries, eating well, managing weight and eliminating tobacco use. In short, sustaining healthy lifestyles. We are a nation at war, and the significance of sound, resilient emotional and spiritual health has been driven home to us all. We have seen many suffer from the pain of war, families destabilized, and professional abilities compromised. Fortunately, the Military Health System and our service leaders have recognized and responded to this with compassion and an increasing array of programs, behavioral health providers, training and outreach. Those not directly in the fight can also take advantage of many of these initiatives. So take responsibility for your own good health and remember that the best way to keep our military healthy is to prevent things that can harm it and to extend our help to those in need. Enjoy this issue of MHS Vital Signs! BG Timothy K. Adams, Commander, U.S. Army Public Health Command (Provisional)

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Force Health Protection and Readiness Conference Aug. 7-13, Phoenix Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States Annual Conference Aug. 8-11, St. Louis National Guard Association of the U.S. General Conference Aug. 21-23, Austin, Texas

June Is Men’s Health Month
To be a good warrior, husband or father, one needs to stay strong, which means staying healthy. To help with that, the MHS recognizes June as Men’s Health Month and has established a webpage dedicated to men’s health resources. Throughout the month, will highlight men’s health issues, raise awareness of preventable health problems, and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases. Blogs will discuss heart health, fitness and smoking cessation. The MHS has also created Father’s Day e-cards. Remind the men in your life how important their health is by sending them an e-card today. Read more at

Research Roundup: Bar Codes Used to Track Surgical Instruments
A research project at the 81st Medical Group Hospital on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., sponsored by the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, uses automated identification and data collection applications to improve clinical and business processes. AIDC includes technologies such as radiofrequency identification, ultrasound, bar codes and infrared that allows an item to be identified nearby, in the case of bar codes, or at a distance, using RFID. A proof-of-concept recently started in the hospital’s central sterile supply. It involves surgical tray and instrument tracking under the guidance of Capt. Yvonne Hill, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron. It uses bar codes that are electrochemically etched into the stainless steel surgical instruments. The bar codes uniquely identify each instrument as well as its type and are linked to information in the system database. Read more at

Answering the Call: The DoD-USPHS Mental Health Initiative
This month’s issue of MHS Profiles looks at two U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers supporting the Department of Defense and the USPHS Mental Health Initiative. This unique partnership provides service members and their families with increased access to mental health providers—like those profiled in this story—whenever and wherever their duty calls. Read more at

Neurology Residents Score Highest in Nation
Neurology residents at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, are scoring among the highest of all residency programs in the United States. “During the past two years, our residents scored in the 98th percentile on their residency in-service training exams. This year they scored in the 100th percentile,” said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Patrick Grogan, the neurology department program director. “This is the first time we’ve had such high scores over three consecutive years.” The 59th Medical Wing’s neurology residency program is a three-year program, with two new residents entering the program each year, totaling six residents being trained at any given time. New residents are preselected after a one-year internal medicine internship. Read more at .

Did You Know?
TRICARE’s new, T3 managed care contracts have been awarded. Once a transition to T3 occurs, the basic contract structure remains the same as under the current contracts. Military hospitals and clinics are at the center of our health care delivery system. They continue to be the first choice for patient care and will be fully supported by our contractors. The three benefit options—TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Extra and TRICARE Standard—have not changed. TRICARE Prime and Extra, the plans that offer preferred What is a networks, will still be available in the areas surrounding existing military treatment facilities A i s a short URL and BRAC-designated areas. that eliminates the need to type out long Web The T3 contracts will continue to manage addresses. Just type in provider networks, referrals, enrollment, the address into your claims processing and customer service. They Web browser and you will provide access to data and reward beneficiary be taken to the correct satisfaction, quality, and customer-friendly page at Enjoy! programs. Read more at

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