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San Antonio Market to standardize, optimize local healthcare
July 16, 2021
— After years of collaboration, San Antonio’s military treatment facilities officially unified as a market with the Defense Health Agency during a ceremony at Brooke Army Medical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston July 16...
Reducing the stigma, encouraging mental health care in the military
May 19, 2021
— In the military, the stigma of mental health is grounded in the cultural misperception that a service member must have "zero defects" to be mission-ready. While the Department of Defense strives to identify and eliminate barriers to care that service members face regarding mental health treatment, stigma remains a significant issue within the military...
MHS GENESIS Patient Portal expands new features
April 9, 2021
— MHS GENESIS' patient portal is rapidly increasing in size, capability and usability...
DOD experts explain science behind COVID-19 vaccines
February 2, 2021
— Almost six weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the first two COVID-19 vaccines, many questions have arisen concerning their efficacy in attacking the SARS-CoV-2 virus and deadly COVID-19 disease. To better understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, MHS Communications spoke to two medical experts who have been intimately involved in the Department of Defense’s effort to develop and roll out vaccines for Americans...
DHA launches new 59th MDW/Wilford Hall website
September 3, 2020
— The Defense Health Agency launched 74 new military hospital and clinic Air Force websites Sept. 1, including one for the 59th Medical Wing/Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. Each website transitioned to the TRICARE domain to provide a standardized patient experience across the Military Health System...
JBSA continues HPCON CHARLIE protective measures
August 20, 2020
— As Joint Base San Antonio prepares to begin reopening services through phased, deliberate measures, personnel continue to follow the guidelines, such as physical distancing and capacity limits, established by local and state leaders, as well as the Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 within the community...
DOD medical officials outline COVID-19 testing approach
July 31, 2020
— Though the rate of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among those in uniform is lower than that of the nation's civilian population, the most junior service members have a slightly higher rate than that of their civilian counterparts, the medical advisor to the Defense Department's coronavirus task force said...
Air Force signs agreement for oral fluid coronavirus testing at Air Force installations
April 20, 2020
— The Department of the Air Force signed an agreement April 17 with Curative, Inc., to deploy and scale an oral fluid coronavirus test, which recently received an FDA emergency use authorization, across Air Force installations...
Blood donors urged to continue giving lifesaving donations
April 3, 2020
— At Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, the Akeroyd Blood Center can be reached at 210-295-4655, while at JBSA-Lackland, the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-San Antonio can be contacted at 210-292-8145...
Defense health officials detail COVID-19 aid effort
March 20, 2020
— Senior Department of Defense health officials detailed what the department is doing to support the whole-of-government assault on the coronavirus pandemic...
DOD vows to help Exceptional Family Member Program
February 11, 2020
— The Department of Defense is working to improve the Exceptional Family Member Program with several initiatives, a DOD official said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing Feb. 7...
Coronavirus: What providers, patients should know
January 28, 2020
— With news of the contagious and potentially deadly illness known as novel coronavirus grabbing headlines worldwide, military health officials say that an informed, common sense approach minimizes the chances of getting sick...
Surgeon general reaffirms promise of quality care during DHA transfer
December 9, 2019
— The military's top health officials testified before Congress Dec. 5 on the ongoing transfer of healthcare systems to the Defense Health Agency...
Air Force transitions all U.S. military treatment facilities to DHA administration and management
October 30, 2019
— This October, U.S.-based Air Force military treatment facilities transferred administration and management to the Defense Health Agency. Congress directed this transfer in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act...
Defense Health Agency changes leadership
September 5, 2019
— Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place became the third director of the Defense Health Agency Sept. 4 in a ceremony at Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. He succeeds Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, who is retiring after 36 years of service and has been the DHA director since 2015. ...
Military health care consolidation moves to next phase
August 29, 2019
— The Defense Health Agency will take the next step this fall in evolving health care across the Military Health System, which oversees the care and well-being of some 9.5 million people, including service members, families and retirees...
DOD to begin next major phase of military hospital consolidation
August 27, 2019
— The Department of Defense is preparing for the next major step in consolidating military hospitals and clinics under a single agency, one of the largest organizational changes within the U.S. military in decades...
For healthy older adults, new shingles vaccine is worth the wait
August 16, 2019
— Availability of the new shingles vaccine is improving across the Military Health System, according to Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare. The vaccine, Shingrix, is recommended for healthy adults 50 and older to prevent the painful skin rash that can have debilitating long-term effects for older people...
Sailor 360 hosts cardboard boat race at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston
June 11, 2019
— Sailors from the Navy Medicine Training Support Command, Defense Health Agency and Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command competed in a cardboard boat race at the Medicine Education Training Campus pool May 24...
Defense Health Agency director discusses healthcare transformation at BAMC town hall
May 21, 2019
— U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, Defense Health Agency director, held a town hall meeting at Brooke Army Medical Center May 14 to answer questions about the military health system transformation and how it will further improve healthcare delivery for warfighters, family members and military retirees...