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Latest in Military Medical Technology Veterans Deserve Nationʼs Best TRICARE Offers Flu Shot Options 2010 Army Ten-Miler Downrange Psychological Health Care

Issue 20, November 2010

USU at Marine Corps Marathon EMEDS Delivers Fast Help When Disaster Strikes Saluting Medical Medal of Honorees Regenerating Damaged Tissue

This November we celebrate Military Medical Technologies Month, when we take the time to highlight our achievements in nology, express our gratitude for those individuals who are driving these efforts and discuss our vision for the future.
Electronic health records help deliver top quality care to service members. Photo credit: Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Maria R. Escamilla

military health information management and information tech-

Advancements in IM/IT come from many sources. The Military departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force are creating new,

Health System Office of the Chief Information Officer and the

innovative technologies that will benefit todayʼs service members, tomorrowʼs Veterans and even the civilian community.

These innovations often start with a simple idea or inspiration. For example, the Armyʼs attempt to document patient care while avoiding duplication and improving quality control resulted in the development of AHLTA-Theater. Collaboration between the Navy and Department of Defenseʼs Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

resulted in the study of the potential benefits of a Telepharmacy Robotic Medication Dispensing Unit for returning service members suffering from traumatic brain injury or psychological stress.




The Air Forceʼs Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia is exploring education-based treatment tools, hoping to improve the quality of life for brain-injured patients. And throughout the MHS, the use of electronic health records is increasingly offering new ways for health care providers to collaborate with one another as they provide top-quality care for our service members.

None of these achievements would have been possible were it not for all of the dedicated individuals

in the health care community who have devoted their careers to advancing technology so that our sertechnology, that make all the difference — both today and tomorrow, and we are grateful for their tireless work, intelligence and foresight.

vice members and their families may live fuller, longer, healthier lives. It is the people, not just the

Technology and innovation are necessary to caring for our beneficiaries. This critical mission drives researchers and medical professionals in the MHS to develop and adopt tools that assist health care but throughout the year. Enjoy this issue of Vital Signs! Mark Goodge providers in making informed decisions and improve health care treatments – not only in November,

Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Military Health System

Latest in Military Medical Technology
Every day all over the world, technology improves the way we live. The Internet, solar power, advanced robotics and lasers are just a few advances of the modern era. Medical innovations have included the development of myoelectric prosthetics, screen health records. readers to help the visually impaired, and mobile electronic

The Department of Defenseʼs Military Health System remains at the forefront of developing and ing the highest quality care at all times.

adapting medical devices and technologies to support our service members and their families, ensur-





Veterans Deserve Nationʼs Best
The nation has not begun to comprehend the long-term consequences of protracted war, the military's top officer recently said.

"The human toll - the fear, the stigma, and the hard work of
CJCS Navy Adm. Mike Mullen addresses business executives Nov. 1, 2010. Photo credit: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

recovery ahead for our troops and their families - these are the real costs of war," he said.

spoke at a Business Executives for National Security dinner in New York honoring David and Mary Boies with the organization's Eisenhower Award.

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,

TRICARE Offers Flu Shot Options
TRICARE For Life (TFL) beneficiaries have a wealth of options when it comes to staying protected during the fall and winter flu season.

Influenza vaccines are covered by Medicare at no cost to TFL beneficiaries as long as they are adminis

tered by a Medicare provider who agrees to accept the Medicare-approved amount as full payment.

2010 Army Ten-Miler
More than 50 wounded, visually impaired and amputee athletes against each other in categories of their own for the first time. signed up for the 2010 Army Ten-Miler Sunday, competing

The largest 10-mile road race in the world attracted 30,000
Wounded warrior crosses the finish line Oct. 24, 2010. Photo credit: Alexandra Hemmerly- Brown

with injuries have participated in past years, the growing number of wounded servicemembers interested in the race spurred the creation of their own division.

American and international runners, and although participants





Downrange Psychological Health Care
Following a firefight, an explosion, or other traumatic event, speak with far forward-placed mental health professionals to acquire coping techniques to manage stress without ever having to leave the combat theater.
Mental health services are now available at forward operating bases.

service members serving on the front lines of Afghanistan can

USU at Marine Corps Marathon
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences parMarathon. From medical care providers, to volunteers to participants, USU was well represented in what has been called ticipated on a number of levels in the 35th Annual Marine Corps

“The Peopleʼs Marathon.” But one group of second-year medical
USU team members at the 35th Annual Marine Corps Marathon.

more than challenging themselves to reach new milestones or supporting an exceptional event.

students decided that their participation in the marathon meant

EMEDS Delivers Fast Help When Disaster Strikes
Around the world, when disaster strikes U.S. military medical personnel often the form the tip of the spear when it comes to saving lives. In 2010 alone U.S. military medical teams

responded to devastating earthquakes in both Haiti and Chile.
Military medical personnel support humanitarian missions. Photo credit: Army Spc. Michael Alberts - 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

An important part of the militaryʼs medical relief strategy is the

use of high-tech Expeditionary Medical Support systems.





Saluting Medical Medal of Honorees
This month, as the country pauses to remember its heroes on warrior-healers who acted above and beyond the call of duty to care for their fellow troops and to ensure the freedom of all Americans. Veteranʼs Day, the Military Health System honors those

Research Roundup: Regenerating Damaged Tissue
New technologies are needed to advance the clinical rehabilitation of severely injured service members. And, advanced ways to heal the injured appear to be on the horizon thanks to research grants allocated by the Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) – and by many other institutions, like the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM).

Research efforts under investigation could reduce a need for some surgeries, and could even produce better results than any surgery currently offers. Efforts in regenerative medicine namely provide hope for restoring the structure and use of damaged tissues and organs, and for possibly curing previously untreatable injuries and diseases.

Upcoming Events
Female Physician Leader Award November 30 Military Health System Conference The Quadruple Aim: Working Together, Achieving Success January 24 - 27, National Harbor, MD

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