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Jonathan Woodson, Douglas Robb Update Lawmakers on New Defense Health Agency

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healthcare systemDefense Department officials have updated House subcommittee on the progress of the agency’s new healthcare organization, American Forces Press Service reported Friday.

Terri Moon Cronk writes Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary for defense for health affairs, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas J. Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency, testified before the House Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee on Feb. 26.

Woodson told the subcommittee that an integrated care system has resulted in high survival rates and decreased fatality cases, according to the report.

Robb added that the integration of service medical chief information officers into DHA yielded $25 million in savings in fiscal year 2013, the report says.

Woodson proposed initiatives including modernizing the Military Health System management, growing strategic partnerships and evaluating the DoD’s medical structure in order to align with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recommendations for addressing future healthcare reforms, the Press Service reports.

“Within the military, there are additional imperatives for designing an integrated health system which includes more joint phasing, joint operations and maintaining readiness,” Woodson told legislators.

The DOD Health Affairs, Military Health System and DHA have teamed up to collaborate on those efforts, he added.

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