Cooperative Efforts within the US Military Health Services System
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Efforts in medical readiness, peacetime health services and quality assurance were examined. Previous studies of the US military medical organization and the current structures of selected Allied military medical organizations were reviewed. As a result of the growth of interest in improving wartime and peacetime effectiveness and efficiency, several organizational improvements have been made to eliminate unnecessary triplication of effort in the US military medical system. Medical readiness has been improved in the areas of intelligence, research and development, and logistics. While progress in readiness has occurred in plans, operations and training, there is need for improvement. Peacetime health services have also experienced the emphasis on joint operations. Regionalization, has fallen short of original expectations and needs revitalization. The Joint Interservice Resource Study Group process offers additional opportunities to review medical functions and services. Quality assurance has benefited from the joint efforts of the Tri-Service Committee on Quality Assurance and the Interservice Training Review Organization. Common credentialing criteria, however, will require standardization of the professional training base which can only occur after joint functional reviews of specialty training. The major recommendation made by the study was that Department of Defense direct a system-wide analysis of medical functions, requirements, programs and resources to determine the best military medical organization for both wartime and peacetime.
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- Medicine and Medical Research