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Release No: 327-02
June 25, 2002

E-GOV CONFERENCE HONORS TWO DOD IT PROGRAMS

The Department of Defense announced that two of its premire health-related information technology programs were honored at the E-Gov 2002 Conference at the Washington Convention Center today.

Medical Logistics Standard Support Program

Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) Program received the 2002 "Accenture and MIT Digital Government Award" in the Federal Innovator Category. Accenture and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recognized government and university programs that demonstrate the innovative use of web-enabled technology to increase effectiveness and produce tangible results in the delivery of products and services.

The DMLSS Program Office, managed by Col. Dan Magee, provides materiel, facility, equipment and technology management capabilities, employing state-of-the-art electronic commerce, hand-held wireless remote and web-enabled technology to achieve a new standard in medical logistics.

"DMLSS has accomplished a complete reengineering of the $2.5B medical logistics supply chain through the use of electronic commerce," said Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. "This award recognizes the tremendous capability of the Military Health System and the talented professionals who strive daily to improve all programs and processes to ensure the highest quality care for our men and women in uniform."

Leading-edge electronic commerce solutions have radically transformed the distribution of medical supplies to both military hospitals and deploying forces; they serve as models for the entire federal government. DoD medical users worldwide now have at their fingertips a fully automated and integrated inventory and an information management system ready to meet their medical logistics needs to support the military services in the 21st century. More information about DMLSS can be found at www.tricare.osd.mil/dmlss .

Tri-Service Infrastructure Management Program Office

The Military Health System Information Management and Information Technology Program's Tri-Service Infrastructure Management Program Office (TIMPO) won the E-Gov 2002 Pioneer Award for the National Capital Area Consolidation (NCAC) Project. The award recognizes programs that improve government service by streamlining processes and implementing innovative solutions.

"The TIMPO consolidation project has provided a highly reliable, high performance, secure, telecommunications infrastructure solution integrating clinical information systems for three premier military medical treatment facilities: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center and Malcom Grow Medical Center," said Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. "We are very pleased by this recognition of good ideas and of the dedicated effort to bring those ideas to fruition."

The National Capital Area of the Military Health System serves one of the largest beneficiary populations in the country. TIMPO, in collaboration with other federal/government departments, completed this large metropolitan area consolidation project within budget and established performance specifications.

TIMPO, managed by Cdr. Lyn Hurd on behalf of the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, plays a vital role in the delivery of quality health care to servicemembers, their families and retirees by managing a secure, robust, common, standards-based information infrastructure that supports the military health care system.

TIMPO will accept the award and discuss the success of the NCAC at the E-Gov 2002 Conference, at the Washington Convention Center, 25 - 27 June 02.

More information about TIMPO is at http://www.tricare.osd.mil/peo/timpo/ .