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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, December 18 2012

Today's Focus:

Army Medicine Secure Messaging Service (AMSMS)

Senior Leaders are Saying

We are committed to tomorrow. We are providing an opportunity to ensure that we have the right resources with the right intellect and energy. This STEM initiative today is a tremendous step.

- Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, CECOM commanding general and senior APG commander, reiterates the installation's focus on developing America's future scientists and engineers

Aberdeen Proving Ground organizations establish STEM agreement with Harford schools

What They're Saying

In this time, where the Army is changing, getting an education will help you get promoted, also increase your ability to be a critical and adaptive thinker and an exceptional leader.

- Staff Sgt. Matthew Senna, the U.S. Army's Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2012

Army NCO of Year champions higher education

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

December

Dec. 24, 25, 31: NO STAND-TO!

January 2013

Jan. 1: New Year's Day

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King's Birthday

Today's Focus

Army Medicine Secure Messaging Service (AMSMS)

What is it?

The U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) is implementing use of the Army Medicine Secure Messaging Service (AMSMS) by offering it to 100 percent of beneficiaries who receive care in the direct care system by the end of 2014. Secure messaging is a commercial web-based secure platform that provides a robust set of services designed to allow patients and their healthcare team to communicate privately at times and locations that are convenient. This secure platform works very much like an on-line secure banking web site.

What has the Army done?

In 2012 (Phase 1), Army Medicine issued nearly 2,000 AMSMS licenses to healthcare providers at 48 military treatment facilities. Over the next 24 to 36 months, it will complete issuance of over 5,000 additional licenses to primary and specialty care clinics. Similarly, the other branches of military service are also executing the same secure messaging capability across their treatment facility network. This secure messaging capability will, for the first time, provide patients the ability to communicate directly with their provider and care teams and allow care teams a two-way flow of communication with individual patients or groups of patients. If patients want to know if their primary care provider is using the system they can check with their MTF primary care clinic to find out.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Army Medicine's goal is to implement AMSMS to all beneficiaries who receive care in the direct care system by the end of 2014. In 2013, AMSMS will enter Phase 2 of this project. Delivery will be focused on any primary care facility that did not receive AMSMS in 2012. During Phase 2, secure messaging service delivery will also be expanded to specialty care such as Orthopedics, OB/GYN, etc.

Why is this important to the Army?

AMSMS is an easy to use secure communication tool that has the potential to significantly impact care to beneficiaries by engaging them in convenient ways and times to build relationships, improve access to information and reduce the need for so many visits to their primary care clinic. Secure messaging is a critical tool in helping Army Medicine achieve the Quadruple AIM of improving a patient's experience and improving population health and readiness while reducing per capita costs.

Resources:

Army Medicine

Army Medicine Secure Messaging Service

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