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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. JULY–SEPTEMBER 2009 41 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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