US Army Updates Medical Communications App For Availability via iPhone, iPad & Android Devices

The US Army is adopting mHealth applications and technology at a rapid pace, most likely because mobile health concepts and applications are vital in areas that require remote access, rapid deployment and advanced medical tools delivered to mobile devices — as is the case for the US Army.

The US Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) is a central application that 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 system was previously only available as a PDF on special computers connected to the Army Knowledge Online network.  Now, the updated app allows for clinical documentation, review of patient data, access to reference and decision support tools, and more, all from devices running Android or iOS — including iPhones and iPads.

What’s impressive is the level of integration that’s been built into the app.  For example, the data collected in the field via the MC4 mobile app will integrate when the soldiers transition to care in the VA system — which is substantial given the level of fragmentation that’s plaguing the healthcare industry.

“Mobile devices are driving the Army’s training delivery model,” said Lt. Col. 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.

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