The Department of Defense faces critical questions related to the U.S. healthcare system:
- Is the National Disaster Medical System ready to care for casualties from a large overseas military conflict?
- Are there enough staff? Enough beds? Is there adequate military and civilian healthcare interoperability?
- What changes are needed to improve NDMS interoperability and health system preparedness?
To address this potential security threat, the National Center was designated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs as the Department of Defense (DoD) lead for the DoD NDMS Pilot Program.
Phase-1 of the NDMS Pilot Program is the Military-Civilian NDMS Interoperability Study (MCNIS). MCNIS will inform the Pilot of immediate and long-term changes needed to strengthen the NDMS in order to provide definitive care for combat casualites.