Press Release

APL, Navy Teaming Up to Improve Military Health Care

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:41

Health systems engineers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, are working with the Navy to expand the role of Navy hospital corpsmen stateside and improve access to medical care for military members through a pilot program called Connected Corpsmen in the Community (CCC).

APL is providing systems integration, capability assessments and data analysis to improve health care delivery models for active-duty service members in Pensacola, Florida.

As part of this newly developed treatment model, corpsmen are now using virtual connections while treating stateside service members for minor injuries including sprains, strains, joint pain, upper respiratory infections, insect bites, suture removal and more. The virtual connections link corpsmen to credentialed providers using telemedicine technologies allowing licensed Navy physicians to monitor exams and instantly review patient imagery to assist with diagnoses.

Working with staff from the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), Navy Medicine East, Navy Medicine West, the Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command and Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), the APL team developed CCC and tested it at Pensacola’s Naval Air Technical Training Center to benefit the center’s large population of students.

“APL is uniquely positioned as a trusted, objective national resource to play a key role in this critical initiative for Navy Medicine,” said Sezin A. Palmer, APL’s National Health mission area executive. “Not only is our team helping enlisted medical staff maintain competencies in preparation for deployments, they are also improving access and convenience of care for active-duty service members.” Since its inception, CCC has proven successful and has expanded to two additional sites.