Surgeon General hosts Army Medicine virtual town hall

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army Surgeon General and commander, MEDCOM, responds to questions .

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Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army Surgeon General and commander, MEDCOM, responds to questions during the Army Medicine virtual town hall, July 9, as her staff assists in answering a wide range of questions.

Libby Howe
Army News Service
WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army surgeon general and commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, hosted the first Facebook Army Medicine virtual town hall, July 9.
Questions ranged from medical innovation to budget-cut impacts.
Horoho announced the release of the Performance Triad app, v1.0. emphasizing sleep, activity and nutrition as the foundation to health and personal readiness.
When asked about new military medical innovations, Horoho said, “The Biomarker Assessment for Neurotrauma Diagnosis and Improved Triage System (BANDITS) program is developing a blood test for brain cell damage, which may aid in clinical assessment of patients with traumatic brain injuries.”
In addition to BANDITS, she said the Army developed and implemented the Behavioral Health Data Portal to track clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and risk factors.
“Research continues to determine how to optimize sleep, activity and nutrition to optimize the wellness of our Soldiers, families and retirees,” she said.
Horoho explained the functions of the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program.
“Wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families receive the care and support they require to heal and either return to the force or prepare to transition to civilian status,” she said. “As part of the program, the Army has established Warrior Transition Units, the Army Wounded Warrior Program, and an Adaptive Reconditioning Program to manage and assist Soldiers in their recovery.”
When asked which initiatives she was most proud of, she shared that there are several of which she is “extremely proud,” as she believes they are directly related to improving patient care. Patient Caring Touch System, Performance Triad, and the Behavioral Data Portal were the three she chose to highlight.
When asked about the most significant challenges facing Army medicine, Horoho shared that “one of the biggest challenges is getting the good news stories out that accurately describe the advances in technology, patient safety, quality of care and standardization of business practices.”
Additionally, supporting a nation, as well as multiple operations abroad efficiently with such a significant military downsizing, pose a challenge, she said.
Lastly, Horoho mentioned the movement toward a culture of health and increasing health literacy continues to be not just a challenge, but also an opportunity to enlighten the general public about healthy practices.
Horoho and her experts continued to answer questions well after the scheduled end of the town hall. Horoho later discussed plans to hold town halls regularly, with a commitment to answering all questions circulating in the Army Medicine community.
Horoho closed out the session emphasizing the highest priorities of Army Medicine.
“We’re committed to providing timely access to care, quality care and safe care that is evidence-based, to all of our beneficiaries in an environment of transparency and continuous improvement. This is at the forefront of everything we do,” she said.

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