Single, Integrated, Service-Centric Model of Military Health System Governance
US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
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Ad hoc, temporary solutions developed due to Service collaborations have overcome shortcomings in joint health services and increased the efficiency and effectiveness of operational medical support. According to the Joint Concept for Health Services JCHS, the need for integrated medical support that keeps pace with the operational agility and organizational flexibility requirements to support globally integrated operations is clear. This research offers a review of the last major Department of Defense DOD transformation, which saw the Military Health System transition from three Service department medical commands to Service department medical commands with a Defense Health Agency DHA, and relevant U.S. strategic doctrine. The goal of the research is to establish what the model of governance of the Military Health System should be. That, with other recommendations, should be the foundation for the impending transformation. The research found that the model of governance should be a single service model with regional health commands that support the geographic combatant commander GCC. With an organization based on the presented model of governance, the Military Health System would be more efficient in accomplishing missions and tasks prescribed by the strategic documents.
- Medicine and Medical Research