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Providing service members and their families with healthy living and innovative care solutions

The Defense Health Agency has focused on not only streamlined health care for the entire Military Health System, but also on driving high quality health care at lower costs. The DHA’s role as a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency to enable the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force, coupled with the focus on integrated, affordable, and high quality health services to MHS beneficiaries puts it in a unique position to transform health, wellness and patient care in the Defense community.


Philips recognizes and supports the MHS mission—which extends beyond combat medicine to healthcare delivery, education, public health, R&D and private sector partnerships to advance health for the Defense community.


Enabling healthy living


With the Department of Defense’s strong focus on improving health and wellness of the entire defense community through Operation Live Well—an alignment exists with Philips focus on the health continuum. Whether supporting the healthy development of a new baby or infant, helping community members prepare food they love, in a healthy way, achieving superior oral health or benefitting from a good night’s sleep, Philips has patient-centered care solutions to support living well.


Access to quality care


Should the need arise for a service member or their family to obtain care, the DHA’s Health Systems Performance Branch (HSPB) promotes improved patient quality and safety. With a focus on evidence-based safe practices and clinical performance, HSPB helps drive quality care throughout the MHS. Philips drives access to care through telehealth and telemedicine solutions, with a focus on quality and standards. Philips initiatives supporting the Joint Commissions National Patient Safety goals around Alarm Management and revised Imaging Guidelines around dose monitoring align with the DHA’s focus on both access and quality.


Supporting battlefield, transport, bedside, and beyond


The speed and sophistication of military health care has leapt forward in recent years, driven not only by advancements in technology, but by a commitment to improvement across the continuum of care. A focus on continuity from injury, to diagnosis, treatment, to follow-up leads to improved triage protocols and outcomes. Philips is committed to fostering innovation in military telemedicine to support this continuum, and to provide quality clinical technology for wounded soldiers throughout the care cycle –from battlefield trauma to eventual recovery.


Driving research and telehealth innovation


Like the DHA, we believe that meaningful innovations in military healthcare – those that make a real difference – are developed in partnership. We understand that delivering innovation that is personal, relevant and powerful requires cooperation and collaboration between the private sector, government, and academia. It takes a commitment to act in unison for the greater good. That is why we actively pursue Open Innovation – sharing our clinical and technical expertise, from in hospital experience to telemedicine to home health with universities, institutes, companies, and government entities so that, together, we can overcome some of today’s greatest challenges and improve lives around the world.


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Mobile MRI in Afghanistan to help soldiers with TBI

Patients lead healthcare improvement

Traumatic brain injury is a common and serious injury on the battlefield. With an MRI, clinicians can detect the condition early, sometimes even without outward signs of injury.

In 2011, Philips began work to deploy the first MRI in the Afghanistan theater of operations. Philips delivered three completely self-contained mobile MRI units to help clinicians detect signs of brain injury.

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