Department of Defense (DoD)

59th Medical Wing Pharmacies Reduce Patient Wait Times by 700 hours a Day

59th Medical Wing Pharmacies Reduce Patient Wait Times by 700 hours a Day

By Annette M. Boyle JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, TX — Process improvement efforts oftentimes frustrate staff and irritate patients, but the 59th Medical Wing pharmacies at Joint Base San Antonio have implemented 65 process improvements during a seven-month period with… Read More

Major Military Advancement in Trauma Care Now Adopted by Civilian Medicine

Major Military Advancement in Trauma Care Now Adopted by Civilian Medicine

By Brenda L. Mooney BOSTON — In yet another example of how battlefield medicine has altered civilian healthcare practice, damage-control resuscitation (DCR) now is being widely used in trauma centers across the United States. A survey of trauma medical directors… Read More

DoD Develops Medical Capabilities List to Maintain Readiness

DoD Develops Medical Capabilities List to Maintain Readiness

Military Trauma Clinicians Struggle to Stay Sharp By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In an effort to maintain medical readiness after the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, DoD officials are developing a list of joint essential medical capabilities that would be required… Read More

New Army Surgeon General Is First African-American to Head MEDCOMM

New Army Surgeon General Is First African-American to Head MEDCOMM

In another first for the Army, an African-American woman became the new surgeon general last month.

Civilian Healthcare Providers Need Training to Appropriately Treat Veterans

Civilian Healthcare Providers Need Training to Appropriately Treat Veterans

Civilian healthcare providers need to acquire more “military/veteran cultural competence” to provide adequate care to veterans, servicemembers and their families.

Report Finds MHS Mental Healthcare Varies From Excellent to Inadequate

Report Finds MHS Mental Healthcare Varies From Excellent to Inadequate

By Brenda L. Mooney SANTA MONICA, CA — The MHS does an excellent job following up with patients after being discharged from mental healthcare treatment but falls short in some other areas, according to a new assessment from the RAND… Read More

VA, DoD Adopting Earlier HIV Treatment to Dramatically Reduce AIDS Risk

VA, DoD Adopting Earlier HIV Treatment to Dramatically Reduce AIDS Risk

Pre-infection Immunological Health Achieved in Some Cases By Annette M. Boyle SAN ANTONIO — For years, clinicians have not recommended treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients with antiretroviral therapy (ART) before they saw a significant drop in T-cell levels. Starting… Read More

Guidelines Offer No Set Recommendations for How to Deal with First Seizures

Guidelines Offer No Set Recommendations for How to Deal with First Seizures

While veterans and servicemembers who have experienced a single unprovoked seizure and the clinicians who treat them would like clear, consistent next steps, new guidelines take them into solidly gray areas.

MRI Study Finds ‘Brain Scars’ in Troops With Blast-Related mTBI

MRI Study Finds ‘Brain Scars’ in Troops With Blast-Related mTBI

“Brain scars” were detected in more than half of the active-duty servicemembers who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Air Evacuation Could Worsen Condition of Brain-Injured Servicemembers

Air Evacuation Could Worsen Condition of Brain-Injured Servicemembers

U.S. warfighters injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan had a 90% or more rate of survival, with a substantial part of that success attributed to medical evacuation teams that swiftly flew wounded servicemembers to locations such as Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany or to Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.

Agent Orange Exposure Linked to Multiple Myeloma Precursor

NEW YORK — U.S. Air Force personnel who conducted aerial herbicide spray missions of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War had more than double the risk of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), according to a recent report. MGUS is… Read More

Healthcare Advocates Argue for More Unified Military Medical Command

Healthcare Advocates Argue for More Unified Military Medical Command

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Healthcare advocates weighed in on the controversy over governance of military medicine, arguing for a unified command in which all the medical assets of the three services are under a single authority. “We fight wars… Read More

Retiring CIO Changed 'Do Your Own Thing' Mindset of Military Medicine

Retiring CIO Changed ‘Do Your Own Thing’ Mindset of Military Medicine

When David Bowen arrived as chief information officer of the Military Health System (MHS), he was challenged with assisting to consolidate the armed services’ medical organizations into a single agency.

High Percentage of Soldiers with Mental Illness Undiagnosed, Not Being Treated

High Percentage of Soldiers with Mental Illness Undiagnosed, Not Being Treated

In the wake of record-high suicide rates, the Army instituted a number of programs to identify and treat mental illness among soldiers.

Enhanced Screening Seeks to Prevent Military Suicides

Enhanced Screening Seeks to Prevent Military Suicides

Is it possible to prevent military suicide by regularly monitoring troops’ resilience, just as their physical fitness is now measured?

DoD, VA Scolded Again for EHR Interoperability Delays

DoD, VA Scolded Again for EHR Interoperability Delays

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — DoD informed Congress last month that it has met key interoperability requirements set forth in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. DoD Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendell wrote in a… Read More

'Big Data' Helps Predict Which Soldiers Most Likely to Commit Violent Crimes

‘Big Data’ Helps Predict Which Soldiers Most Likely to Commit Violent Crimes

Technology Could Help DoD Better Address Workplace Violence By Annette M. Boyle CAMBRIDGE, MA — As the DoD struggles with implementing a uniform workplace violence program that includes prevention and response protocols, a key tool has been lacking: How to… Read More

Outgoing DHA Chief Discusses  Success, Goals

Outgoing DHA Chief Discusses Success, Goals

Lt. Gen. Robb on Agency’s Second Anniversary By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — DoD officials celebrated the second anniversary of the Defense Health Agency last month, marking what the agency says is its achievement of full operating capability as a combat… Read More

GAO Points to DHA Challenges

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said that, while DoD has made progress in addressing concerns it highlighted in prior reviews regarding DHA’s implementation process, some issues will remain “unresolved into late… Read More

Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water Associated with Higher Cancer Incidence

Contaminated Camp Lejeune Water Associated with Higher Cancer Incidence

Recent Study Finds Link to Early Onset Male Breast Cancer By Annette M. Boyle JACKSONVILLE, NC — Marines, sailors and their families who sought refreshment with a cool glass of water at Camp Lejeune got a little something extra with… Read More