This month, the Army and Air Force reported they have completed the largest training and equipping effort of Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4), digital medical recording systems, to date.
Over the course of six weeks, MC4 technical support teams trained 300 medical personnel of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Support Group’s (EMDG), and equipped healthcare professionals at the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad, Iraq, with more than 200 rugged systems to help electronically capture patient records.
The effort marked the completion of equipping all level three medical treatment facilities (MTFs) in Southwest Asia. Now, approximately 200 MTFs use MC4 to electronically document patient care on the battlefield, according to both military divisions.
“By using MC4, electronic patient records are captured in the central Department of Defense clinical data repository facilitating access for all healthcare providers,” said Major General Charles Green, MD, deputy surgeon general, U.S. Air Force. “This includes any follow-on care at a VA facility resulting in better healthcare for our wounded warriors. Commanders are assured that their service men and women are provided documented, consistent, high quality care anywhere they are treated.”
To date, MC4 has fielded more than 21,000 systems and trained more than 22,000 deployed healthcare professionals throughout Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Qatar, Europe and South Korea, leading to the capture of more than 2.5 million electronic health records on the battlefield, according to Green.