Priorities For Preparing A Medically Ready Military: FY2019 Defense Health Program Budget Highlights
Ahead of FY2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) is focusing on improving internal business processes and organizational restructuring within the military’s healthcare system. Their goal is to modernize the Military Health System (MHS) into an integrated unit by investing in new IT infrastructure, new, cutting edge digital solutions and internal business process transformations. Below is a breakdown of where the funds will be allocated to achieve these objectives. In this budget overview, we highlighted the DOD’s top strategic, procurement and tactical priorities for ensuring a medically ready and prepared force as outlined by the FY2019 Defense Health Program Budget.
At the 2018 Military Healthcare Summit, Colonel David J Vassallo led the HOSPEX Tabletop exercise, representing the layout of a tented Medical Treatment Facility or Field Hospital. Learn and practice the principles of command and control, safety, communication, assessment, triage, treatment and transport (CSCATTT) to enhance trauma and medical decision skills. Explore this and more at Military Healthcare 2019, taking place April 29-May 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
A key challenge in implementing the NDAA reform is doing so without obstructing the military's ability to maintain a "ready medical force and medically ready force." To maintain the military's ability, the DHA is utilizing recent technological advancements lifesaving innovations in an effort to modernize medical forces and facilities. In particular, the Biological Technologies Office within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently researching biological technologies that will provide new tools for countering threats against our soldiers and country. This article explores what innovation is taking place with insight from Dr. Brad Ringeisen, Deputy Director of the Biological Technologies Office (BTO) at DARPA, who believes there is an urgent need to provide medical tools and technologies for military readiness.
The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) called for the major transformation of military healthcare and has consolidated primary responsibilities from the military departments to the Defense Health Agency (DHA). DHA is now aiming to modernize the medical forces and facilities by utilizing technological advancements and lifesaving innovation. This infographic includes the top largest proposed contracting opportunities from DHA with upcoming procurement plans. Prior to the upcoming Military Healthcare Summit this April in Washington D.C., we have outlined the top ten DHA contracting opportunities from largest to smallest anticipated value.
VA Secretary David J. Shulkin summarized his plans to use the 2018 budget request towards improving veteran services. The 2018 budget request for discretionary funding totals $82.1 billion (including medical care collections), of which $66.4 billion was previously provided as the VA Medical Care 2018 Advance Appropriation. The budget request for mandatory funding totals $104.3 billion. While Secretary Shulkin acknowledged the VA has made noteworthy improvements in delivering benefits to veterans, more must be done. We have outlined the details of Secretary Shulkin's top five priorities for improving the quality of service provided to veterans by the VA.