In this post, the Military Health System reports on our transition from Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to Defense Health Agency (DHA). DCoE also posted a story on its transition to DHA. A PDF: news release about the DCoE move to DHA is available.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and the Defense Health Agency joined forces Feb. 7 as DCoE became the newest organization to join DHA. DCoE and DHA leaders marked the transition as a key milestone in the Defense Department’s efforts to understand and treat traumatic brain injuries.
“DCoE is a logical addition to the DHA,” said Navy Capt. Mike Colston, director of DCoE. “As a medical center of excellence, we work with the military services to contribute enterprise solutions and knowledge products that improve care for our beneficiaries.”
In addition to prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), primary areas of expertise within DCoE include psychological wellness issues and other mental health problems experienced by military personnel. DCoE focuses on education, research and clinical activities to develop tools, prevention techniques and outreach programs to support defense agencies in effectively treating mental health conditions and TBI. The organization develops resources that help improve the lives of those struggling with issues such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance abuse and other associated challenges. For those who are living with brain injury or trauma, such as concussions, DCoE offers state-of-the-art clinical support and education.
"The transition of DCoE into DHA strengthens our ability to leverage DCoE's resources and expertise in support of the service medical departments and the combatant commands," said Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, DHA Director. "The integration of DCoE with our other enterprise support activities enhances our operational support across the DHA — particularly in the areas of education and training, research and development, pharmacy operations, warrior care, the TRICARE health plan and the associated development of clinical best practices for both military and private sector providers."
DCoE oversees three centers that support its mission in various capacities:
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – The TBI operational component of DCoE that collaborates with military and civilian health care partners to provide support to 11 military treatment facilities and five VA medical centers.
- Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) – DHCC supports health care providers who treat psychological health issues across the military. It helps transition research into practice and offers assistance in implementing evidence-based treatments and policies.
- National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) – T2 collaborates with technology experts and health care professionals to design Web- and mobile-based psychological health resources for the military. Users have access to numerous apps, websites, and tools that aim to improve their psychological well-being. These collaborations emphasize the important role technology plays in the future of health care.
The transition of health care services, such as DCoE, to DHA allows for greater collaboration between organizations and makes it easier to share and develop knowledge and tools that form efficient and modern medical practices.