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CHIPS Articles: Corps’ tactical medical software ensures continuity of care from injury to recovery

Corps’ tactical medical software ensures continuity of care from injury to recovery
By Mathuel Browne, MCSC Office of Public Affairs and Communication - November 7, 2016
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia -- The Theater Medical Information Program-Marine Corps gives medical personnel access to electronic health records in deployed environments, enabling better treatment for injured and ill Marines at every point of care, from injury to recovery. TMIP-MC is the Corps’ version of the joint medical software that supports medical providers in tactical environments, developed by the Military Health System’s Joint Operational Medicine Information Systems Program Office.

The program’s suite of applications allows medical personnel supporting expeditionary forces access to military-wide electronic health records, the ability to resupply blood, order equipment and supplies, and track patient movements to provide the best medical attention for Marines in need regardless of their location.

Marine Corps Systems Command’s Information Systems and Infrastructure fields TMIP-MC across the Corps, pre-installed on laptop computers. The laptops come equipped with a printer and networking router, which allows expeditionary medical personnel to share important information without a traditional server. This portable hardware suite enables ease of use aboard ships, at remote aid stations, in trauma units and any other medical treatment facility.

“The hardware supporting TMIP-MC is streamlined so that Marines can carry the system into different tactical environments,” said Timothy Davis, MCSC project officer for TMIP-MC. “We field the laptop system and accessories in individual crates, thus decreasing the weight and allowing medical personnel workstations to be scalable, flexible and portable.”

TMIP-MC transmits all information to the joint-managed Theater Medical Data Store which ultimately feeds into the Clinical Data Repository — the data center that stores all electronic health records across the services. TMDS gives deployed medical personnel access to cross-service health records when needed so doctors, nurses and corpsmen can provide better-informed care to injured and ill service members in theater. Access to information like prescriptions, allergies and treatment history helps better inform care for patients.

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“With the TMIP-MC, we are essentially taking the hospital out into the field,” said Davis. “Even today, medical care for many Marines who get hurt on the battlefield is still tracked by first responders via paper before being delivered to medical officers and corpsmen at the clinic. This leaves a lot of room for inefficiencies, which is why we work to provide the best means to automate and integrate data.”

TMIP-MC is also compatible with the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application–Mobile hand-held data application, which allows first responders to immediately document injury, illness and care at the point of injury. Information loaded into AHLTA-M is manually uploaded into TMIP-MC and ultimately linked to the Theater Medical Data Store. Information loaded into AHLTA-M becomes part of a service member’s permanent health record to maintain the highest quality of care for the rest of a Marine’s life.

With TMIP-MC, physicians can reduce the administrative workload and take advantage of software standardization and quality of health care documentation in diverse medical environments, said Navy Cmdr. Thomas Shu, chief medical information officer and United States Marine Corps domain lead for the Logistics Integration Division at Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

Sgt. Mathew W. Dearborn, data networking specialist with 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, searches a simulated casualty during Exercise Global Medic at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 17, 2016. Theater Medical Information Program-Marine Corps, the Corps’ version of the joint medical software that supports medical providers in tactical environments, was put to the test during the medical exercise. The service-wide medical software suite gives medical units the tools they need to better locate, diagnosis and provide individualized care through each step of the medical process.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Martens/Released
Sgt. Mathew W. Dearborn, data networking specialist with 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, searches a simulated casualty during Exercise Global Medic at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 17, 2016. Theater Medical Information Program-Marine Corps, the Corps’ version of the joint medical software that supports medical providers in tactical environments, was put to the test during the medical exercise. The service-wide medical software suite gives medical units the tools they need to better locate, diagnosis and provide individualized care through each step of the medical process. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Martens/Released

Theater Medical Information Program-Marine Corps, the Corps’ version of the joint medical software that supports medical providers in tactical environments, was put to the test this summer during the largest military medical exercise, called the Global Medic Exercise, at Fort McCoy, Wis. TMIP-MC is a service-wide medical software suite used to support complete clinical care documentation, medical supply and equipment tracking, and patient movement in remote communications environments, giving medical units the tools they need to better locate, diagnosis and provide individualized care through each step of the medical process.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Navy Cmdr. Thomas Shu
Theater Medical Information Program-Marine Corps, the Corps’ version of the joint medical software that supports medical providers in tactical environments, was put to the test this summer during the largest military medical exercise, called the Global Medic Exercise, at Fort McCoy, Wis. TMIP-MC is a service-wide medical software suite used to support complete clinical care documentation, medical supply and equipment tracking, and patient movement in remote communications environments, giving medical units the tools they need to better locate, diagnosis and provide individualized care through each step of the medical process. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Navy Cmdr. Thomas Shu
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