Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) (March 27, 2007): Army's MC4 commander earns 2007 Fed 100 Award.FORT DETRICK Fort Detrick is a U.S. Army Medical Command installation located in Frederick, Maryland, USA. Its 1,200 acres (5 km) support a multi-governmental community that conducts biomedical research and development, medical material , Md. -- The Army's Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) is a combat health support information management system of the U.S. Army.
MC4 integrates, fields and supports medical (patient) information for tactical medical forces, enabling a comprehensive, lifelong electronic (MC4) commander, Lt. Col. Edward Clayson, was honored with the 2007 Federal Computer Week Fed 100 Award, which recognizes government individuals for their risk-taking, vision, and pioneering spirit in the federal IT community.
"Lt. Col. Clayson's and his team's efforts of fielding, training, and supporting medical IT systems on the battlefield have clearly led to improved battlefield medicine Battlefield medicine, sometimes termed combat casualty care, is the treatment of soldiers in or near an area of combat. Medicine has been greatly advanced by procedures that were developed in order to treat the wounds inflicted during combat. ," said Lee Harvey, deputy program executive officer, Enterprise Information Systems. "Their hands-on approach yields firsthand insights into the likes and dislikes of medics and doctors, which the command uses to improve its systems."
Since taking over the reins of MC4 in 2005, Clayson has expanded the use of the system to all branches of the military, including Navy providers in Kuwait, Air Force providers in Afghanistan, as well as Army and Special Operations Forces Those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Military Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations. Also called SOF. units worldwide. As such, Clayso doubled the number of MC4 embedded support personnel, ensuring 30-plus trainers and administrators remain shoulder-to-shoulder with units in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
"Our focus is simple--the servicemember is our top priority," said Clayson, MC4 product manager. "The MC4 system exists to benefit the servicemembers, so by having MC4 training and support alongside deployed medical professionals, units have the resources they need to complete the mission at hand."
In addition to expanding MC4 use, Clayson's MC4 team improved system functionality with the fielding of new medical logistics Medical logistics is the logistics of pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical supplies, medical devices and equipment, and other products needed to support doctors, nurses, and other health and dental care providers. (DCAM DCAM digital camera
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DCAM Deep Cameo (coins)
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DCAM DMLSS ) and electronic post-deployment health assessment (ePDHA) capabilities to the war zone. The comprehensive information management medical system has since been used to meet presidential and congressional directives set forth in Title 10, U.S.C., requiring the assessment of all servicemembers' medical conditions See carpal tunnel syndrome, computer vision syndrome, dry eyes and deep vein thrombosis. following deployment.
Following the Gulf War, in 1997 Congress mandated the Department of Defense establish a system to ensure every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine has a comprehensive, lifelong medical record of all illnesses and injuries. Clayson and the MC4 team are responsible for integrating, fielding, and supporting a medical information management system that brings that ideal to fruition.
"The Federal 100 Awards program is an opportunity to look back and honor people who have risen to the occasion," said Christopher Dorobek, editor of Federal Computer Week magazine. "The 100 winners are the people who faced a variety of challenges and were determined to take a step forward and have a positive effect on people's lives."
To date, the MC4 system has been used to capture more than 2 million electronic health records on the battlefield. This represents the number of deployed service-members treated throughout Southwest Asia Southwest Asia or Southwestern Asia (largely overlapping with the Middle East) is the southwestern portion of Asia. The term Western Asia is sometimes used in writings about the archeology and the late prehistory of the region, and in the United States subregion by better-informed healthcare providers, thus reducing the number of duplicate or unnecessary medical procedures. Servicemembers can now more easily access VA benefits through their complete, secure, electronic medical history.
Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) integrates, fields, and supports a medical information management system for Army tactical medical forces, enabling a comprehensive, lifelong electronic medical record for all servicemembers, and enhancing medical situational awareness Situation awareness or situational awareness  (SA) is the mental representation and understanding of objects, events, people, system states, interactions, environmental conditions, and other situation-specific factors affecting human performance in for operational commanders. Headquartered at Fort Detrick, Md., MC4 is overseen by the Army Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS PEO EIS Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (formerly PEO STAMIS) ) at Fort Belvoir Fort Belvoir is a United States military installation and a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 7,176 at the 2000 census. , Va.
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Army Lt. Col. Edward Clayson Honored for Expanding Medical Recording Capabilities on the Battlefield