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Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) News Release (Oct. 30, 2007): Army and Air Force complete largest fielding of EMR systems on battlefield.

FORT DETRICK, Md. -- In October, the Army and Air Force completed

the largest training and equipping effort of digital medical recording

systems--Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4)--to date.

In six weeks, MC4 technical support teams trained 300 medical

personnel of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Support Group (EMDG) and

equipped healthcare professionals at the Air Force Theater Hospital in

Balad, Iraq, with more than 200 ruggedized systems to aid them in

electronically capturing patient records.

The effort marked the completion of equipping medical communications jobs near me all level three

medical treatment facilities in Southwest Asia (SWA). Now, approximately

200 MTFs use MC4 to electronically document patient care on the

battlefield. The Balad hospital is the most equipped trauma care

facility in SWA. In February 2007, the 455th EMDG, Bagram Air Field in

Afghanistan, became the first Air Force medical communications jobs near me unit to use the MC4 system.

"Our partnership with the Army has enabled Air Force

facilities to provide seamless care through a common medical software

suite," said Maj. Gen. Charles B. Green, deputy surgeon general,

U.S. Air Force. "The implementation of MC4 is now providing the

capability, in the combat zone, to document patient care as a permanent

part of the electronic medical record for all warfighters.

Currently, healthcare providers at Bagram and Balad can share a

servicemember's individual patient record across the continuum of


Prior to using MC4, the Air Force accessed several different

applications for tracking patient records and patient movement. These

applications will soon be phased out, ensuring Army and Air Force

medical treatment facilities are using the same joint software, provided

by the Theater Medical Information Program, resulting in a

comprehensive, lifelong medical record for all servicemembers.

Additionally, Air Force providers can exploit the

already-established MC4 training and in-theater support structure,

assuring system issues are resolved expeditiously and uniformly.

"By using MC4, electronic patient records are captured in the

central DoD clinical data repository facilitating access for all

healthcare providers," Green said. "This includes any

follow-on care at a VA facility resulting in better healthcare for our

wounded warriors. Commanders are assured that their servicemen and women

are provided documented, consistent, high-quality care anywhere they are


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.


"We've seen the benefits of providers in the Army, Navy,

Special Forces, and even the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, using MC4," said

Lt. Col. Edward Clayson, MC4's product manager. "With the Air

Force utilizing the system, we--the armed forces--are getting that much

closer to providing a complete medical picture for commanders and a

lifelong health record for all servicemembers."

MC4 integrates, fields, and supports a medical information

management system for Army tactical medical forces, enabling a

comprehensive, lifelong electronic medical record for all

servicemembers, and enhancing medical situational awareness for

operational commanders. Headquartered at Fort Detrick, Md., MC4 is under

the oversight of the Army Program Executive Office, Enterprise

Information Systems (PEO EIS) at Fort Belvoir, Va.

For more information on MC4, visit


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