The Army's deployable electronic medical record and medical logistics system will be managed by a new commander, Lt. Col. Danny J. Morton. On April 17, Lt. Col. William E. Geesey relinquished his role as product manager for the Army's Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care Product Management Office to Morton during a change of charter ceremony at Fort Detrick, Md. Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems Douglas Wiltsie, officiated the ceremony.
Geesey leaves MC4 as the longest tenured product manager for MC4 since the program began in 1999. During his four years of service, MC4 launched a "train as you fight" initiative to replace paper-based medical documentation in battalion aid stations in garrison and improved unit readiness by injecting the systems into military training exercises worldwide. He also led efforts to field innovative technology solutions, improving medical logistics and traumatic brain injury reporting on the battlefield, as well as introducing telehealth capabilities that connect remote Soldiers with mental health specialists.
"MC4 has made great strides in improving the health care of deployed Soldiers through the use of medical information technology," Geesey said. "I'm proud to have contributed toward this critical initiative."
Morton, former chief of staff at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, intends to expand use and engagement with MC4 systems, improve user training and readiness, and continue to focus on system quality and capabilities to benefit deployed Soldiers worldwide.
"This is an opportunity to impact the lives of many through efficiencies in new technologies," Morton said. "Aligning ourselves with the Army strategy, collaborating with strategic partners and focusing on outcomes versus outputs is just a start. I'm ready for the challenge and believe in what we're doing here."
Since 2003, MC4 has enabled the capture of more than 17 million electronic patient encounters in the combat zone. MC4 has also trained 63,000 medical staff and commanders, and fielded 50,000 systems to 2,400 units with medical personnel, to include Army National Guard and Reserve units, and active component divisional units throughout 22 countries.