Protecting Our Military’s Health

Using the Military Health Systems Population Health Portal (MHSPHP), clinicians serving our military constituencies can efficiently access, segment and compare health data across 9 million active duty, retired, and reservist service members and their families.

Identifying these health trends and prescribing interventions is critically dependent upon a Portal experience that is efficient, reliable and intuitive for military healthcare providers to use.

Problem:

Given the magnitude of data and the prospective value of it to our enhancing our nation’s defense, Aquilent along with an integrated team of DHA support, mobilized to address an existing MHSPHP instance that was fraught with problems:

  • Slow performance: It took 15-20 seconds to access a patient registry and 4-5 hours to upload monthly entries.
  • Unreliable data: Manually-entered, siloed data left clinicians with inadequate information to optimize patient care.
  • Unmet needs: Facing new directives for accountable care organizations, military treatment facilities (MTFs) needed the ability to cull population-level data. Command staff needed data to be able to evaluate clinicians’ effectiveness.

Solution:

Aquilent listened to and documented the priority needs of frequent users and Portal stakeholders to deliver a custom technical solution that solved major challenges of working with vast amounts complex data where there was a vital need for maximum accuracy and efficiency.

Success:

  • Speed: Patient registries now load in three seconds, and a month’s worth of data can be uploaded in under a minute.
  • Decision Support: Clinicians can make data-driven decisions and flag risk factors at the individual and population level.
  • Accountable Care: Command staff can evaluate quality of care and determine clinicians’ effectiveness at the facility, group, or physician level.
  • Quality Data: A new database structure minimizes room for human error, giving clinician’s confidence in making evidence-based care decisions.
  • Optimized Interface: User-friendly mechanics allow easy tagging of hundreds of medical conditions, improving data quality.
  • Computing Resources: The re-architected application requires 75% less storage.

DHA is now poised to bring MHSPHP into a future state with over 30 military health registries supplying data, along with new fi ltering capabilities. Predictive analytics will enable clinicians and MTFs to correlate conditions with risk factors to identify high-risk cohorts and increase their quality of care. This renewal in data quality and validity, fueled in part by Aquilent’s efforts, will invariably lead to a strengthened and healthier military population, which in turn, will fortify an even more high-performing, operationally-ready national defense force.