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Life-Saving Technology Expands Globally to Military Branches - Transforming the Way Medical Care is Documented on the Battlefield
Date:5/27/2008

ctors, nurses and commanders on how to use the system in combat support hospitals and battalion aid stations.

Air Force Lt. Col. John Mansfield, M.D., is a strong proponent of a joint medical record initiative, saying most military bases already have joint operability so a single platform just makes sense.

"At Balad Air Force Base, 95 percent of the hospital staff is Air Force personnel, but most of the U.S. patients treated here are Army or Marine Corps," Lt. Col. Mansfield said. "We don't care what uniform our patients wear, but it would drive us crazy if there were different systems to document care based on their service."

After the Gulf War, thousands of deployed service members returned from duty without proof of combat-related illnesses and injuries, resulting in loss of benefits. In 1997, Presidential and Congressional mandates chose to adjust course by calling for a medical tracking system and lifelong electronic medical record for all service members - MC4 is that solution.

"MC4 is the most comprehensive, proven information medical system on the battlefield," Lt. Col. Clayson said.

Clayson adds that MC4 provides service members with peace of mind that their deployed medical data is truly complete and available to them when they return home, aids in the receipt of healthcare benefits from the Veterans Administration and establishes a lifetime continuity of care.

Learn more about the Army Surgeon General's announcement at http://www.armymedicaltechnology.com. For more information about MC4, visit http://www.mc4.army.mil.


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