JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – The Medical Capability and Integration Directorate (MED CDID) hosted an experiment examining the future of Medical Command and Control, or MED C2, on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, May 10-12, 2022. The MED CDID, under the Futures and Concepts Center (FCC) within the Army Futures Command (AFC), works closely with the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) on continually modernizing the medical force to conserve the fighting strength of our Army forces.
"Operational Medical Information System-Army (OMIS-A) is a key component of Medical Command and Control is a top priority of the Army Surgeon General,” said Maj. Gen. Dennis P. LeMaster, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, in his opening remarks to participants representing key representatives from U.S. Army Medical Command, the Office of the Surgeon General, and the Defense Health Agency, Corps Surgeons, and operational medical units.
The three-day event studied Multi-Domain Operations, Joint Operational Medicine Information System (JOMIS) technology development, the Theater Medical Information Requirements, the Command Post Computing Environment, and overall changes within the Army Operational Health Information System (AOHIS). Discussions concentrated on the relationship of these focus areas within medical command systems and structures and how their evolution will influence the command and control of medical operations in the future operating environment.
“Medical Command and Control in the future is heavily dependent on our ability to effectively integrate into networks, create and maintain situational awareness, and leverage medical information to inform operational decision cycles,” emphasized Col. James Jones, MED CDID director.
A series of operational vignettes and study questions provided the framework for nearly 100 subject matter experts from across the Army Health System enterprise to examine these issues in the context of the future operating environment. The vignettes examined the commander’s medical dashboard, network and systems integration, and the electronic health system.
Jones said the expertise and perspectives brought to bear on these complex problems are invaluable in driving change within the medical force to meet future needs.
Furthermore, a persistent learning campaign focused on developing medical command system and structure solutions will continuously inform the future developments of this essential medical function.
“The participants are what make these events successful,” Jones told the audience, “we can’t develop solutions in a vacuum. Your knowledge and experience from your specialties are invaluable to this process.”
Army senior leaders will be briefed on the results by FCC and AFC.