From the Frontline of War to a Transforming System for Health, MSC Leading the way
June 4, 2013
"The Medical Service Corps (MSC) is leading the effort to transform Army Medicine from a healthcare system to a system for health through our strategic plan," says Brig. Gen. Dennis D. Doyle. "Our leaders are coaching the workforce about the importance of making wise health choices within their lifespace and by ensuring an appropriate balance of Activity, Nutrition, and Sleep."
The Corps is moving towards resetting and restructuring its forces to prepare for future opportunities globally. As the trusted Corps, our mission is to provide uniquely qualified administrators, clinical, and scientific leaders to best enable Army Medicine. Our Healthcare Administration leaders have the requisite knowledge and skills to build and distribute the expertise necessary to enable high performance through an operating company concept. This year's MSC theme is "From the Frontline of War to a Transforming System for Health, MSC Leading the way!"
As Col. David Parramore, the Army Medicine chief technology officer, says, "We change lives!"
"We invest in advanced technology and implement solutions earning the distinction 'Most Wired,' that measures the level of information technology utilized in our hospitals and clinics for our beneficiaries. Likewise, as we transition out of hostilities and face increased budgetary uncertainties, our patient administrators and medical logisticians will continue to support current efforts while developing innovative solutions to meet the operating company model by standardizing patient transfer protocols and streamlining logistics procurement processes," said Parramore. He added, "Our medical evacuation system is working to improve strategic oversight and management of Army aeromedical evacuation with a 1-hour response time for intra-theater movement of patients. Our officers educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets at U.S. Military Academy, where they instruct them on the relevance of science in solving real-world problems. Our scientists lead world-class research programs that develop products to prevent, protect, and heal the warfighter from infectious diseases."
Capt. Robert Brodnick, a biochemist and his team at Tripler Army Medical Center, successfully executed cutting-edge technology to develop a novel diagnostic blood test for mild traumatic brain injury. Research psychologists are studying the transformation on community stakeholder well-being, attitudes, and organizational factors that will provide health guidelines and recommendations for future generations.
Today our troops have ready-to-wear Army Combat Uniforms (ACU) infused with permethrin that provides vector-borne disease protection. Our audiologists and optometrists worked with Special Operations Forces in developing battlefield hearing and eye protection, and our pharmacists are providing pharmaceutical care and other patient safety initiatives.
In conclusion, the MSC is up to the challenge in keeping with the tenets of the Military Health System Quadruple Aim by working together, achieving success, focusing on patient satisfaction experience, redesigning clinical workflows, and developing team solutions to achieve the Army Medicine 2020 Campaign Plan goals and objectives.