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Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) - Part 2
Making an Impact in 2005
In 2005 alone, MC4 successfully deployed more than 6,500 systems, many of which went to the first three Stryker Brigades, 3rd Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division, 101st Air Assault Division, the 86th and 228th Combat Support Hospitals. The successful deployment of these systems is helping to meet priorities set in the Army Campaign Plan and support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MC4 also helped the Task Force 44th Medical Command employ MC4 systems across the Iraqi battlefield. As a result, in May, the 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) began using MC4, thus becoming the first fully deployed hospital in the history of American warfare to electronically capture Service members' healthcare using the joint medical software (Theater Medical Information Program) in its facility. From May through October, the 86th CSH has used MC4 to facilitate the transfer of more than 25,000 CHCS II-T encounters, 15,000 radiology procedures, 37,000 prescription orders and 106,000 lab results.
To date, 250-plus deployed medical units are armed with more than 9,000 MC4 systems throughout Southwest Asia. With this technology, they have transferred more than 170,000 medical encounters from the battlefield to the United States. Together these figures represent the number of Service members treated by better-informed healthcare workers who now have more accurate, up-to-date active duty medical records because of MC4 technology.
Additionally in 2005, MC4 trained more than 2,500 medical and ancillary personnel, providing medical units with advanced knowledge and 24-hour support to use the automated systems when recording healthcare delivery in the battlefield.
Paving the way for increased responsibilities in 2006, the MC4 Product Management Office reached three important programmatic milestones in the past year, including:
- February 2005: MC4 successfully completed its formal Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E).
- June 2005: MC4 received a favorable Full Rate Production Decision Review (FRPDR) from its milestone decision authority, Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS).
- December 2005: The Commander of the United States Army Communications-Electronics Command approved a Full Materiel Release (FMR) for the MC4 Theater Medical Information Program - Army system. An FMR is the official release of a system from the materiel developer to the users within the Army supply system.
In summary, MC4 is the most comprehensive tactical IM/IT medical system deployed in theater today. For more information on MC4, visit www.mc4.army.mil , or subscribe to www.mc4.army.mil/mc4newsletter .