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Medical Systems Test Conducted at MCTSSA

The Theater Medical Information Program (TMIP) is a software suite that automates and integrates clinical care documentation, medical supplies, equipment, and patient movement for all the military services. Its purpose is to manage patient encounters from the front edge of the battle space through all echelons, capturing and linking all levels of medical care in an integrated, interoperable fashion to provide enhanced medical care to the warfighter.

In February, MCTSSA supported the Program’s Manager in the conduct of a Systems Acceptance Test in preparation for a multi-service operational test and evaluation.

For the acceptance test, 17 medical-related personnel, including two doctors, came to MCTSSA for two weeks.

“The first week was for training,” says Kevin Leahy, MCTSSA’s TMIP Event Director. “The second week was the actual conduct of the testing. They went through 225 scenarios that are supported by TMIP. The scenario could be a simple nose bleed or a massive chest wound—a whole range of medical encounters from sick call to the forward edge of the battle space where people are engaged in enemy action.” 

Whatever the medical encounter, TMIP allows for that encounter to be moved in an automated way throughout echelons of care, capturing all the medical information so that it follows a patient from, for example, the battle field to a hospital, and ultimately even into the Veterans Administration system following discharge.

 
CAPT Brian Smoley, USN, a surgeon with the 1st Marine Division, was one of two physicians and other medical staff to participate in the TMIP acceptance testing held at MCTSSA.
 “Two of the 17 personnel were associated with medical logistics; two were pharmacists; and the rest were medical physicians or personnel involved in corpsman duties,” says Leahy. “The acceptance test was successful, so the next step will be the Multi-Service Operational Test and Evaluation later this spring.”