Deployable medical staff use MC4 to document and track patient care, digitally manage medical supplies, and conduct health surveillance in the combat zone. (U.S. Army photos.)
A new interactive guide to help deployed medics, nurses, and commanders in recording medical information is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices, the Combined Arms Center – Training announced. In August, the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program released the Commander’s Guide to MC4 Version 2.0 on the Army Training Network 2 Go (ATN2GO) application, following the initial release of training materials in April. In July, the ATN added concussion and traumatic brain injury training materials specifically targeted for U.S. units and Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan.
“Mobile devices are driving the Army’s training delivery model,” said LTC William Geesey, MC4 Product Manager. “By empowering deployable medical forces with the ability to get answers to questions on the fly, we are in effect improving their ability to make informed decisions on the health care delivered to Soldiers in theater.”
Deployable medical staff members use MC4 to document and track patient care, digitally manage medical supplies, and conduct health surveillance in the combat zone. The new guide ensures a continuous, systematic approach to supporting the creation and transmission of electronic medical records and automated maintenance of Class VIII medical supplies.
The initial version of the MC4 guide was available only in PDF format on computers via Army Knowledge Online. Now, the mobile medical force can use the ATN2GO app on their personal or approved iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device to access best practices, guidelines, and procedures for using MC4 in the field. Since August 2010, 3,863 Apple and 2,924 Android users have downloaded ATN2GO.
In addition to offering mobile access, Version 2.0 of the MC4 guide focuses more on specific guidance and need-to-know information, reducing the volume by 60 percent and making data retrieval fast and easy.
In addition to offering mobile access, Version 2.0 of the MC4 guide focuses more on specific guidance and need-to-know information, reducing the volume by 60 percent and making data retrieval fast and easy. The app allows users to create direct links to procedures specific to their specialty. The guide also synchronizes users to reference materials not included in the guide, such as links to updated checklists, policies, presentations, and step-by-step procedures.
The first version of the Commander’s Guide to MC4 was released in December 2009. LTC Kevin Werthmann, former health information systems officer for the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan, referred to the guide as “a tremendous resource and a blueprint for success.”
For more information on ATN2GO, visit https://atn.army.mil/.
MC4 integrates, fields, and supports a comprehensive medical information system, enabling lifelong electronic medical records, streamlined medical logistics, and enhanced situational awareness for Army operational forces. The Army’s Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, VA, oversees the MC4 Product Management Office headquartered at Fort Detrick, MD.
Since 2003, MC4 has enabled the capture of more than 16.5 million electronic patient encounters in the combat zone. MC4 has also trained 60,000 medical staff and commanders and fielded 49,000 systems to 750 units with medical personnel, to include Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units and active component divisional units throughout 19 countries.[rule type=”basic”]
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