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Military Health System

Our History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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SIM Center open house showcases new space technologies

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8/7/2015
SIM Center open house showcases new space technologies

San Antonio Military Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine Air Force Capt. Erin Hanlin (left) and Dr. Jeremiah Johnson practice using an Ultrasound 3-D Simulator during the SIM Center open house. (Photo by Robert Shields, BAMC Public Affairs)

Reserve Health Readiness Program part of having a medically ready force

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8/7/2015
Reserve Health Readiness Program part of having a medically ready force

Specalist Albana Luli (left), a transport management specialist with the 159th Support Operations Company, receives her H1N1 shot from Pfc. Amber Hale, a medic with the 34th Infantry Division. Reserve and guard units get RHRP services through regularly scheduled readiness group events or on an as-needed basis. Those service members preparing to deploy are examined, especially for dental care, and their vaccinations are updated. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Francis Horton.)

Medics vie for expert field medic badge pull

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8/6/2015
Medics vie for expert field medic badge pull

U.S. Army Capt. Molly Byrnes tows a sled stretcher through one of the lanes during Expert Field Medical Badge qualification. The Expert Field Medical Badge is awarded to service members in medical professions who pass a variety of tests designed to measure proficiency in medical procedures, tactical skills and physical conditioning. (U. S. Army photo by Sgt. Austan R. Owen)

FDA approves cold stored platelets for resuscitation

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8/6/2015
FDA approves cold stored platelets for resuscitation

A technician draws platelets to prepare them for a series of tests to determine platelet function at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Steven Galvan)

USNS Comfort arrives for first mission in Dominica

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8/6/2015
USNS Comfort arrives for first mission in Dominica

U.S. Navy Cmdr. William Cavill examines a child before her surgery aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort in Roseau, Dominica. The medical care is part of Continuing Promise, a civil-military effort that includes humanitarian-civil assistance, medical, dental and veterinary support. Cavill is an anesthesiologist assigned to Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lance Hartung)

Da Vinci Sugical System

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8/5/2015
Da Vinci Sugical System

Lieutenant Colonel Kimberly DeVore, chief of Evans Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, practices with the da Vinci surgical system control modular.

Navy Surgeons on USNS Mercy

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8/5/2015
Navy Surgeons on USNS Mercy

Navy surgeons aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy perform cataract surgery on a patient during Pacific Partnership 2015.

Chief Information Officer Bowen reflects on MHS progress in first 22 months

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8/4/2015

David Bowen, director of the Health Information Directorate for the Defense Health Agency and chief information officer for Military Health System, addresses attendees at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Health Summit in Washington, D.C., July 31.

Meetings to highlight Military Health Systems successes, way forward in trauma care

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7/21/2015
Meetings to highlight Military Health Systems successes, way forward in trauma care

Students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences go through an exercise to test their combat casualty care skills.

DHA Health IT uses the Internet of Things to monitor health, improve readiness

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6/29/2015
DHA Health IT uses the Internet of Things to monitor health, improve readiness

Army Lt. Col. Mark Mellott explains the “Remotely Caring for Vulnerable Populations during a Pandemic” project to a patron at the Global City Teams Challenge in Washington, D.C.

Warrior Games Conclude, Athletes Exemplified ‘Can Do’ Spirit and Inspire All

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6/28/2015
Warrior Games Conclude, Athletes Exemplified ‘Can Do’ Spirit and Inspire All

Defense Health Agency Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb and his son, Luke, meet with Team Air Force briefly before closing ceremony for the 2015 Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, on June 28, 2015.

Coping with PTSD Warrior Games athletes see lasting benefits of team competition

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6/26/2015
Coping with PTSD Warrior Games athletes see lasting benefits of team competition

Relaxing outside of Marine Corps Base Quantico’s Barber Gym at the 2015 Warrior Games, Team Army’s Sgt. Patrick Timmins, retired Staff Sgt. Randi Gavell and Sgt. Blake Johnson await a sitting volleyball seeded match against the British Armed Forces on June 25.

Medical personnel at Warrior Games find inspiration in the athletes they treat

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6/24/2015
Medical personnel at Warrior Games find inspiration in the athletes they treat

Jennifer Hoghe (right), a physical therapist with the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Stewart, Georgia, tapes up the ankle of Army Reserve Spc. Sydney Davis (left), a member of the Army’s archery team at the 2015 Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

Marine Finds Being Disabled Just a Mindsetat 2015 Warrior Games part2

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6/23/2015
Marine Finds Being Disabled Just a Mindsetat 2015 Warrior Games part2

Marine Lance Cpl. Duncan Mathis gets a kiss from his mom after his team won the gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the 2015 Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.

Medics to help Warrior Games athletes compete at highest levels

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6/22/2015
Medics to help Warrior Games athletes compete at highest levels

Air Force Maj. Chris Ledford (blue hat) and Army Maj. Patrick Carey (black hat) examine the prosthetic legs of British Army Trooper Chris Middleton at the Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Both Ledford and Carey are sports medicine fellows at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and are part of the medical support for the competition which runs through June 28.

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