WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) —
A new medical profile system aimed at improving communication and overall preparedness has been developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in collaboration with the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency and the Defense Health Agency and is is expected to be deployed to military processing facilities later this summer.
The Airman and Guard Availability Management System will continue to reside within the Aeromedical Services Information Management System, but will be the new way to generate a profile. ASIMS is a web-based application that provides the Air Force with the ability to track medical readiness, including immunization data, through a web-based portal for all personnel of fixed or deployed installations, and for security reasons, must be accessible using a common access card.
AGAM is currently being tested at 14 sites, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Fairchild AFB, Washington; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; Travis AFB, Calif.; Beale AFB, Calif.; Shaw AFB, South Carolina; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; as well as seven Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units.
Medical profile systems are communication tools that act as an intermediary between medical care providers, ill or injured service members, and their supervisors or commanders. As part of the treatment plan for ill or injured service members, healthcare providers document recommended limitations and restrictions with service members as well as with supervisors and commanders for decision-making purposes to support the healing process.
After evaluating the previous system, teams of experts from AFRL, DHA and AFMRA determined that an updated system could improve patient management, give them more autonomy over their recovery and enable better communication with leaders regarding staff readiness. Additionally, the update could increase the professional and operational awareness of medical providers, as they would better understand the physical demands of various career fields across the Force.
“Our hope with this new system is that service members will be more involved in the profiling process and have more responsibility during recovery. Likewise, commanders will have easy access to information about unit members who are placed on a profile, supporting their ability to determine how service members can contribute to the mission, as well as whether or not some members can deploy,” explained Major Lindsay Johnston, head of the AFRL’s Basic Operational Medicine Clinic (BOMC) Development Branch. 711th Human Performance Wing.
AGAM introduces changes to current processes and improves communication between commanders and medical providers. This profile system also has a whole new look with dashboards so service members and commanders have easier access to information.
“We designed the AGAM to improve communication between commanders and medical providers, balancing the medical needs of service members during recovery with the demands of service,” Johnston said. Explain. “In addition, the improved system will allow Airmen and Guardians, allowing them to play an active role in their health. They will not only be responsible for updating their recovery progress, but they will also be able to document in AGAM when more care is needed. »
During the development process, the team worked with medical providers across many specialties and built models for over 200 diagnoses to give commanders an enhanced decision-making tool. These models are standardized based on the most current medical advice allowing for consistency across the Dair force department.
For medical providers, AGAM generates all profile information electronically on Air Force Form 469, which is the official form used by providers to communicate fitness recommendations, service and mobility restrictions, which optimizes treatment, stabilization and recovery. Johnston said protected health information is not visible on the Air Force Form 469.
For service members, the new process will require them to log into their MyIMR and provide status updates at specific intervals prescribed by their providers.
“Members of the Medical Profiles service will receive an email from AGAM reminding them to make these updates, which will minimize delays in assessment and treatment,” Johnston explained. “Commanders will also be able to see updates or if service members are due or overdue to follow up with their vendors or certify a condition.”
In addition to being an improved communication tool between providers, service members and commanders, Johnston said the improved profile data will help recognize trends and targeted interventions such as the potential for integrated care teams. or equipment changes within units.
“AGAM is designed to improve all-around readiness,” Johnston said. “We strongly believe that this new design will not only be user-friendly, but will provide a stronger support team for ill and injured service members.”