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  • Proper pain management with a proper scale

    The Department of Defense launched a pain rating scale for use in hospitals to better assess pain in patients. The Defense and Veteran’s Pain Rating Scale improves older pain assessment techniques by measuring not only the intensity of pain, but its impact on daily function as well. The scale combines a 0 – 10 scale of pain with facial expressions and colors to express pain intensity. The scale adds supplementary questions to determine the effects of pain on a patient’s daily functions like activity, sleep, mood, and stress.
  • Health agencies investigating severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the Food and Drug Administration, state and local health departments, and other public health partners to investigate a multistate outbreak of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use. As of Sept. 6, the CDC said, 33 states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands have reported more than 450 possible cases of lung illnesses associated with using e-cigarette products. Six deaths have been confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, and Oregon.
  • MHS GENESIS goes live at next wave of military treatment facilities

    The Military Health System’s new electronic health care record, MHS GENESIS, went live at four new sites on September 7. David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base; Naval Health Clinic Lemoore at Naval Air Station Lemoore; U.S. Army Health Clinic Presidio of Monterey, all in California; and the 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, are part of “Wave Travis”, named for the largest wave participant site.
  • A change in leadership for the Defense Health Agency

    Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place became the third director of the Defense Health Agency today in a ceremony at Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Va. He succeeds Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, who is retiring after 36 years of service and has been the DHA director since 2015.
  • DoD to begin next major phase of military hospital consolidation

    The Department of Defense is preparing for the next major step in consolidating military hospitals and clinics under a single agency, one of the largest organizational changes within the U.S. military in decades. On Oct. 1, the Army, Navy and Air Force begin the final two years of a multi-year transition to shift administration and management of their medical facilities to the Defense Health Agency by October 2021, changes that are "transformational and far-reaching," said Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, the DHA Director.
  • Supporting the warfighter of today with innovation of tomorrow

    Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, assistant director of the Combat Support Agency at DHA moderated a panel on Wednesday afternoon at the Military Health System Research Symposium at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Titled “The Future Front Line: Supporting the Warfighter of Today with Innovation of Tomorrow” the session focused on how military medical research directly translates to support the warfighter.
  • Individuals, teams honored at MHSRS for exemplary research

    The Military Health System recognized medical researchers’ accomplishments on Monday, August 19, opening day of the Military Health System Research Symposium at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Four individuals and three teams received honors.
  • Medical devices, MHS GENESIS: DHITS session focuses on ties that bind

    The opportunities and challenges of integrating medical devices with MHS GENESIS was the focus of a breakout session Wednesday, July 31, at the 2019 Defense Health Information Technology Symposium, or DHITS. The theme of this year's event, sponsored by the Defense Health Agency, is "One Team, One Mission – Enabling MHS Transformation."
  • JBER discusses new electronic health record

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee E. Payne, the Defense Health Agency Assistant Director for Combat Support, and Military Health System Electronic Health Record Functional Champion, visited Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 9, 2019.
  • Air Force Medical Service unveils new model for active duty care

    In an effort to return more Airmen to duty quicker, the Air Force is rolling out a new medical model to restore the overall readiness of our military. Under the new Air Force Medical Reform model, dedicated provider care teams will be aligned to an Operational Medical Readiness Squadron primarily focused on proactively treating active duty Airmen and improving their availability to support the warfighting mission. Care for non-active duty patients, primarily the families of service members and military retirees, will be handled by separate provider teams aligned to a Health Care Operations Squadron.
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