Enhancing Interoperability Among Enlisted Medical Personnel : a Case Study of Military Surgical Technologists

Enhancing Interoperability Among Enlisted Medical Personnel : a Case Study of Military Surgical Technologists

Description

One way to enhance the interoperability of medical service personnel is by training service specialists to a common standard. A methodology is outlined for defining a common standard of practice (SOP) that can be applied to any enlisted medical specialtywith the goal of consolidating training for enlisted military personnel across the services. The methodology involves three analytic tasks: Define a common SOP for the specialty, validate it through reviews by military and civilian subject matter experts, and identify a set of training options that will result in the required number of specialists trained to a given level of proficiency. The methodology is illustrated by applying it to the military surgical technologist specialty. The authors examine thecommonality of work across services rather than commonality of training as currently provided to define a common scope of practice. They identify and evaluate different training methods and different ways of obtaining qualified medical personnel. However, the authors note that achieving common training is a necessary but not sufficient condition for achieving interoperability and that interoperability may be more easily achieved in future years as other transformational initiatives are implemented.


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Details

Author(s)
Harry J Thie, Sheila Nataraj Kirby, Adam C Rresnick, Thomas Manacapilli, Daniel Gershwin
Format
Paperback | 212 pages
Dimensions
154 x 233 x 12mm | 340g
Publication date
15 Apr 2009
Publisher
RAND
Publication City/Country
Santa Monica, CA, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
Illustrations note
Illustrations (chiefly col.)
ISBN10
0833046241
ISBN13
9780833046246