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  • NHRC Participates in JTAPIC Annual Meeting

    SAN DIEGO – Staff from the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) participated in the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) annual meeting, held in San Diego Dec. 8-10. 

    “JTAPIC is a virtual partnership of 11 different organizations that gather subject matter experts from the disciplines of intelligence, medical, materiel, and operational aspects of service, and we use that combined synergistic expertise to review injury causing events in the combat theater to prevent injury in the future,” said Col. Colin M. Greene, U.S. Army, medical corps, and JTAPIC program manager.

    NHRC supports JTAPIC efforts with data from its extensive Expeditionary Medical Encounter Database (EMED) that contains accurate medical data for personnel who become sick or injured during deployment and tracks them through definitive and rehabilitative care. The database was created to improve medical mission readiness and inform the decisions that shape the medical capabilities of the Department of Defense (DoD).

    “NHRC is a partner without whom JTAPIC could not function,” said Greene. “We have 11 partners, and they are all important, but the loss of NHRC’s contributions would cripple the organization. They gather most of our wounded in action information, almost all of it really. Any injury information that doesn’t involve death is likely to come from NHRC.”

    According to Greene, JTAPIC’s mission is to inform solutions by providing analytic data to help decision makers determine the best course of action that will save lives, prevent or mitigate injuries, save money, or direct the spending of money in a wiser and more useful outcome.

    “One of our long-term accomplishments includes substantial improvements in some of the armored vehicles that have fought in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) theater, resulting in the avoidance of death or injury,” said Greene. “We’ve also contributed to improvements in personal protective equipment and tactics, techniques, and procedures, all based on our analysis.”

    The JTAPIC’s annual review meeting provided the organization and its partners an opportunity to look at calendar year 2015 accomplishments and plan for 2016.

    “NHRC provides gold standard combat casualty data to JTAPIC,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick McMullen, medical modeling and simulation department head at NHRC. “Though this partnership, our data, which spans point of injury through recovery, are integrated with intelligence and materiel information to shape a comprehensive analysis of combat-related events that cause injuries to our warfighters. This provides military leaders with the tools they need to make informed decisions that will ultimately prevent and mitigate injuries to our deployed service members.”

    As the DoD’s premier deployment health research center, NHRC’s cutting-edge research and development is used to optimize the operational health and readiness of the nation’s armed forces. In proximity to more than 95,000 active duty service members, world-class universities, and industry partners, NHRC sets the standard in joint ventures, innovation, and translational research.​

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