3rd Infantry Division (3ID) Adds Battlefield Medical Recording System to Stateside Aid Stations

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					                                                                                                              ARMY AL&T




   3rd Infantry Division (3ID)
Adds Battlefield Medical Recording
 System to Stateside Aid Stations
                                                   Bill Snethen
                                              Photos courtesy of MC4




T
         he 3ID recently expanded its use of the Army’s battlefield electronic
         medical recording (EMR) system—Medical Communications for Combat
         Casualty Care (MC4)—to two more garrison aid stations at Fort Stewart,
GA. The 1st Battalion (Bn), 64th Armor Regiment, and 26th Brigade Support Bn
joined the Special Troops Bn (STB) Aid Station at Fort Stewart and the 603rd Avi-
ation Support Bn at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA, as the first group of 21
garrison aid stations led by 3ID to discontinue the use of paper medical records.


  PFC Don Pickering Jr., 603rd Aviation Support Bn medic, checks in a patient at the aviation clinic at Hunter Army Airfield.




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                    ARMY AL&T


  The implementation of the digital med-                system on a daily basis in garrison                professional officer filler information
  ical recording system by 3ID, and the                 reduces future training requirements               system member with the 3rd Armored
  82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg,                 and helps to eliminate any delay service           Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, TX.
  NC, in January, has resulted in captur-               members may experience in receiv-
  ing 3,000 electronic patient encounters               ing medical care. Also, the S6 and                 “MC4 was very effective when we con-
  in garrison. The use of MC4 at bat-                   CSSAMO are better prepared to effi-                 ducted sick call in theater,” Johnson
  talion aid stations in the U.S. not only              ciently install and support the system,            said. “We supported a post with
  provides an EMR capability for clinics                as well as troubleshoot any issues that            approximately 20,000 service members,
  with low-to-no connectivity, it also sup-             may arise.”                                        contractors, and foreign nationals who
  ports a new initiative by the Army to                                                                    worked onsite. I saw approximately 30
  “train as you fight” with MC4.                         In addition to training, Soldiers who              patients a day and all of the informa-
                                                        visit the clinics in garrison also benefit          tion was collected in the outpatient
  LTC Edward Michaud, 3ID surgeon,                      from the use of MC4. “The staff is able            program. If I had to hand-write the
  ushered in the new business process so                to provide enhanced care since they                patient information onto paper forms,
  that personnel supporting the facilities              now have the ability to quickly access             the process of seeing patients and
  would gain valuable hands-on expe-                    historical information and view previ-             charting the care would have been
  rience using the same equipment to                    ous illnesses and treatments,” Michaud             very slow.”
  electronically document patient care                  said. “Without EMR, aid stations pri-
  in garrison that is used in theater. The              marily screen patients. Today, 3ID has             Now using the MC4 system in garri-
  laptops and servers used in the stateside             four aid stations with the ability to elec-        son, Johnson frequently treats Soldiers
  clinics—fielded, trained, and sustained                tronically capture patient encounters,          
				
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