Coordinating Medical Imaging & Military Patient Care


 Military Medical Care For many military personnel, timely health care is critical. If they have returned home with bodily injuries, or psychological trauma, they need care with as little delay as possible. It is heartening to know that the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are working together in creating a single integrated health record (IHR) for the military health system (MHS) to better serve all military families.

“This really is a new era for us,” said David Wennergren, deputy chief information officer for the DOD. “The power of Web services and service-oriented architecture are changing the way we can deliver IT capabilities.” (Source: ImagingBiz)

Medical Imaging Software Advances

With the changes in the medical field, imaging solutions are now designed to help health care departments and organizations of all sizes and complexity manage the massive amount of specialized image applications. With 18 million geographically disparate patients nationwide, quantifying veteran’s medical imaging data accurately is essential.

As a result of this tremendous need, the DOD and VA are following in the footsteps of the public sector with informatics medical imaging software solutions aimed at streamlining workflow to enterprise-wide patient management enabled by IT.

A Rapidly Changing Military Health System

Robert Petzel, MD, undersecretary of health for the VA, observed that the MHS is “in the midst of a tremendous transformation in the way we deliver care.” His vision of what the MHS is calling its integrated health record, or IHR, is more than just an informatics platform: he describes it as a patient management platform.

The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), in North Chicago, Ill., is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the VA and the DOD, integrating all medical care into a fully-integrated federal health care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. Its vision statement is “creating the future of federal health care.” (Source: FHCC)

Petzel cited the FHCC partnership as a way to resolve the inefficient and burdensome case-by-case exchanges of patient health information have become. “We’ve proven that it’s very difficult to do this kind of integration without a singular medical record,” he said.

The Lovell Center will stand as the flagship collaborative standard for intra-service, intra-government cooperation, a health care model for others to emulate, and a new facility to better serve the men and women who have earned the best care we can provide,” asserted Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Success Through the Integrated Health Record

The IHR will pair patient-provided data with clinician-provided datasets and will make this information accessible to caregivers through a single graphical user interface to deliver a common presentation approach between the DOD and VA, Wennergren said.

As the U.S. government calls for the accelerated use of healthcare IT as well as implementation of an EMR, finding the right partner to power your organization and ensure it runs more efficiently is critical. Hospital document management systems and healthcare document management software provide the power to transform healthcare information management (HIM) departments that are drowning in paper into a new efficient e-HIM environments with electronic medical records systems providing improved financial and clinical results.

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