YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Eighth U.S. Army is leveraging an Army electronic medical records system to provide better combat medical care to its Soldiers and better situational awareness to its leaders.

During training sessions from Sept. 13 - Oct. 8, medical and IT professionals will learn to employ the U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs battle-tested Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care, also known as MC4.

Aca,!A"MC4 provides deployable medical forces with automated technologies and services that not only result in lifelong medical records and easier access to medical benefits, but also ensure better continuity of care and decision making throughout the healthcare continuum,Aca,!A? said an MC4 representative at Fort Detrick, Md.A,A

According to the MC4 representative, more than 750 U.S. Army units use MC4 in 15 countries around the globe.

The representative added that MC4 integrates different Army-unique applications on ruggedized handhelds, laptops, servers, printers and peripherals designed for use on the battlefield.

Aca,!A"When integrated, the MC4 system of systems enables the digitization of inpatient and outpatient care, patient tracking and reporting, medical logistics automation and medical situational awareness,Aca,!A? the MC4 representative said.

Col. Ronald Smith, 8th U.S. ArmyAca,!a,,cs command surgeon, called MC4 a valuable tool for Army medical professionals in Korea.

"MC4 is one of the electronic medical recording systems actively in use in Iraq and Afghanistan,Aca,!A? said Smith. Aca,!A"We serve near the worldAca,!a,,cs most heavily armed border. We must continue to refine our skills at using the MC4 system to accurately manage patients on the battlefield. The medical organizations within Korea are well served by the expert MC4 training team, led by Mr. (James) Carter.Aca,!A?