Focusing Skills Proficiency to Achieve Advanced Force Health

From its role as a key DoD support entity for guidance surrounding the Department’s COVID-19 pandemic response, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) continues to serve as lead for Military Health System (MHS) protocol including MHS GENESIS electronic health record, TRICARE health benefits, and combatant commands stationed worldwide.

By LTG Ronald Place, Director, Defense Health Agency

From Combat & Casualty Care, Summer 2021

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Neutralizing the Threat Through Next-Gen Containment

Lieutenant Colonel Jean G.R. Leroux, Directorate Air Requirements for the Canadian Armed Forces, spoke with Combat & Casualty Care regarding their recent procurement of an airworthy, specialized medical module that the Royal Canadian Air Force calls Aeromedical Bio-containment Evacuation System or ABES.

From Combat & Casualty Care, Summer 2021

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Extending Health Support Around the World

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) coordinated recently with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in providing the agency with critical supplies to address ongoing pandemic response across the Indian subcontinent.

By Beth Reece, DLA

From Combat & Casualty Care, Summer 2021

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Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program

There is critical need to deploy portable point-of-care ultrasound to the battlefield where it could quickly and accurately address a broad range of injuries. However, logistical challenges, financial concerns and—most importantly—lack of frontline medical personnel trained with these instruments can hinder deploying the technology. DARPA’s Point-Of-Care Ultrasound Automated Interpretation (POCUS AI) program addresses these issues by advancing artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that interpret ultrasound images for medical personnel in austere environments. Moreover, to address the high costs of developing medical imaging AI, new techniques would be developed to train the AI with only tens of ultrasound images as opposed to the thousands of images often used. This stark decrease in training data would be achieved by enabling the AI to directly capture the insights and thinking of current ultrasound experts.

From Combat & Casualty Care, Summer 2021

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Outsmarting the Deadliest Enemy

Military training environments when combined with less-than-optimal hygiene, psychological, and physical stressors in the field make personnel especially vulnerable to infectious diseases. Some of these diseases can result in large outbreaks that can and have jeopardized entire combat operations. Constantly changing environments can compromise immune systems in the face of new pathogens. Such challenges are opportunities for the advancement of preventive and therapeutic medicine.

By Dr. Juan J Agudelo, United Spirit of America

From Combat & Casualty Care, Summer 2021

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