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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 442-02
August 27, 2002

"RELEASE 3" OF MEDICAL LOGISTICS PROGRAM APPROVED

DoD Chief Information Officer John Stenbit announced today approval for worldwide deployment of the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) Program Release 3. Deployment began immediately with Air Force and Navy military medical facilities; approval to deploy to Army facilities is expected in the fall of 2002.

Release 3 increases the capabilities of the military medical logistics program. This new release features capabilities in equipment and technology management and stockroom inventory that allow the military services to use just one system for their medical logistics needs. In addition, pharmaceutical and medical/surgical products information now captured by DMLSS will assist the Department in developing improved contracts with suppliers that provide for pricing discounts.

Additionally, this approval delegates decision authority for DMLSS to Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. Said Winkenwerder, "DMLSS' success reflects excellence in product as well as in program management. It stands as a model for other defense electronic systems designed and implemented to support our troops."

The DMLSS program estimates that between fiscal 2002 and 2012 it will return $5.98 in benefits for every $1 of costs incurred in developing and maintaining the system. According to Stenbit, "From that standpoint, DMLSS promises to be one of our most cost effective systems."

DMLSS was developed in three major releases, each containing capability critical to providing effective medical logistic support to DoD hospitals and clinics worldwide. DMLSS capabilities include: complete inventory management supported by electronic commerce, Web-based technology and hand-held wireless devices, product and price comparison tools, medical equipment and technology management and facility management.

After the Gulf War, the military medical logistics community set out to reengineer its antiquated medical logistics business processes. This led to the development of DMLSS, a single major medical logistics system to be used by all services.

The DMLSS program has received numerous national-level awards and recognition for its leadership in implementing state-of-the-art information technology solutions within DoD. More information about DMLSS can be found at http://www.tricare.osd.mil/dmlss .

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