By Mr. Kirk Frady (Army Medicine)November 13, 2017
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas (Nov. 13, 2017) -- Army Medicine continues to lead the way in the development and implementation of medical innovations that improve the medical readiness of the Total Force and support the Army Chief of Staff's number one mission - Readiness.
One such initiative, Medical Readiness Transformation (MRT), continues to serve as the strategic lever in improving Army medical readiness.
A key piece of this initiative involves the previously released e-Profile application, Company Commander Portal, and Senior Commander Portal. These portals have increased transparencies in medical readiness, providing a new venue for communication between providers and commanders.
The next step is the release of the Medical Readiness Portal (MRP) that incorporates the Commander Portal, Senior Commander Portal, Healthcare Portal (HCP) and Administrative Portal (ADP). These portals will pull together other tools such as the Deployment Health Assessment (DHA) and Separation History and Health Examination (SHPE) applications.
According to Col. Eric W. Bullock, Chief of Policy and Training, Medical Readiness Division, Office of the Army Surgeon General, "The Healthcare Portals will provide a single login for healthcare providers and their support staff to execute the new Department of Defense Periodic Health Assessment (DoD PHA) and current profiling capabilities available through e-Profile."
An interesting feature is a home portal where Soldiers will be able to view their medical readiness status as an alternative to the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) "MyMEDPROS Page." This is the next phase of Medical Readiness Transformation.
Healthcare personnel who conduct health assessments (Department of Defense (DoD) Periodic Health Assessment (PHA), DHAs, SHPE) and/or write profiles, Support Staff (including DoD PHA Record Reviewers), or current MEDPROS and/or e-Profile users will use the Medical Readiness Portal.
Bullock added, "The DoD PHA is a new defense wide assessment tool that will be the same regardless of which service you are in. All services will now have the ability to provide the PHA to any service member. The new PHA allows for support staff to assist in the process by providing record screening prior to the provider assessing the Solider and documenting their findings."
Successful implementation of the MRP will provide healthcare providers, readiness personnel, and leaders with integrated tools and enhanced reporting capabilities to track, manage, and action Soldiers' individual medical readiness (IMR) requirements.
"The administrative portals will provide enhanced reporting capabilities for commands that find they need additional access to Medical Readiness (MR) data. The single login capability will provide easier access for healthcare providers and the new DoD PHA will ensure defense wide consistency. Administrative portals will provide increased situational understanding of the medical readiness posture of organizations, populations and regions," said Bullock.
Implementation of the Medical Readiness Portal will be done in phases with Phase I in June 2016, Phase II in October 2016, and concludes with Phase III which is scheduled to occur on Dec. 31, 2017.