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31 Association of the United States Navy is a revolution in the way care will be recorded and transmitted, and will have considerable impact on the everyday lives of 205,000 service members and about 9.4 million DoD beneficiaries. Until now, every branch of the military has had its own methods for writing and maintaining health records, but the Department of Health Affairs is now bringing all the services together under one umbrella in order to promote greater efficiency and increase the military's buying power with health service providers. e new system is called MHS GENESIS and will integrate medical and dental health informa- tion generated during garrison, operational, and en route care. For those who are injured, treatment data will be captured for the entire continuum of care, from point of injury through completion of treatment at a military medical facility. One benefit is that medical personnel at each stop in en route care will be able to access treat- ment records and vital statistics data for incoming patients while they are still in transit, saving time and duplicative efforts. It also eliminates the prob- lem of paper records getting lost in transit or being unreadable due to dirt or blood stains. Another benefit is that capturing medical data electronically enables medical researchers to analyze treatments and outcomes, which can lead to changes in stan- dard procedure as we saw with the change in blood products administered to trauma patients. Lastly, data can be shared with the VA hospitals or with the civilian hospital system, making at least one aspect of life easier aer leaving military service. e Pacific Northwest is the first deployment segment for MHS GENESIS; additional segments will be launched in a "wave" pattern. So far, so good – the "Patient Portal," where all medical records can be accessed, appointments scheduled, and mes- sages exchanged with your health care team, was launched in February at Fairchild Air Force Base and is reported to be functioning well. CONCLUSION e DoD is committed to improving health care for all military personnel and dependents, and to doing it efficiently. rough research and record-keeping, combining resources and expanding use of tech- nology, DoD medical personnel are finding new ways of treating, transporting, and tracking their patients. Improvements do not come easily. Research and clinical trials take time. Some ideas fail. Imple- mentation is sometimes awkward and vulnerable to human error. But through it all, our medical personnel carry on, some focusing on the lives in front of them, others on the bigger picture those lives represent, and military medicine steadily advances. n Diana B. West is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia. MC1 CLASS DUSTIN Q. DIA Z Chief Hospital Corpsman Brian Rady, se- nior medical department representative for Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Chattanooga Health Services, logs into the Medical Readiness Report- ing System to check the NOSC's medical readiness status.

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