Improving the Deployment of Army Health Care Professionals: An Evaluation of PROFIS
RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
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The Army Medical Departments AMEDDs Professional Filler System PROFIS was developed in 1980 to support continuous overseas contingency operations while simultaneously balancing the Armys requirement to maintain a healthy force, deploy a medical force to support military operations, and managemeet access-to-care demands for all military health system beneficiaries. PROFIS allows health care providers to practice in a military treatment facility MTF when not deployed, which contributes to the maintenance of their medical and technical skills. The PROFIS Deployment System PDS, developed in 2005, is an internal management system that is used to battle roster deploying units with the correct PROFIS personnel so that the U.S. Army Medical Command MEDCOM can plan proactively for deployments. Recently, there have been concerns over how PROFIS affects the medical readiness and availability of providers for training with the unit preparing to deploy. This report describes the functionality of the Armys PROFIS in the current operating environment and assesses potential modifications or improvements to the system. Using a literature review, interviews, a survey, and administrative data, this research sought to identify and understand the effect of PROFIS, and deployments more broadly, on providers and other military personnel. The study also assessed modifications and alternatives to the current PROFIS that might address the identified issues. The contents of this report will be of interest to national policymakers, MEDCOM, health care providers, MTF commanders, health care provider organizations, and others who seek to optimize the deployment of medical personnel and to understand the effects of deployments on medical personnel skills and retention in the military.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations