Linux Journal: Linux in Government: Open Source Innovation within the DoD
Jun 29, 2004, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)
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"Prior to implementing an integrated software solution for its
hospitals in 1993, the military experienced bottlenecks in its
computer services. Each branch of the armed services used different
legacy systems and manual procedures to control the flow of medical
supplies and equipment, facilities, contractors and record keeping.
Then, the Department of Defense (DoD) automated the processes with
a common standard platform to conduct medical logistics for every
branch of service. When you manage as many hospitals and
health-care facilities as the military does, standards-based
solutions and coordinated automation are essential.
"The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs embraced
what is referred to as the DoD information superiority initiative.
Simply stated, as service members are deployed into various
theaters of operations, new and better standards became essential.
That's where the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS)
program comes into play..."