Lt. Col. Geesey new head of MC4 product management office

Lt. Col. William Geesey is the new head of the Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) product management office, the organization responsible for deploying electronic medical records and other health software systems to the field.

In the post, Geesey will maintain a close relationship with Col. Claude Hines, program manager for the Defense Health Information Management System (DHIMS), which develops such software. DHIMS also manages the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA), which is the military electronic health record.

MC4 takes the products that DHIMS develops and integrates them into the hardware systems that are then delivered to sites in the United States and overseas. Hines was MC4 product manager from 2003 to 2005.

Geesey, who had been a project manager at the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support program in one of his previous jobs, said he plans on improving on the momentum created by MC4’s initial deployment of its medical logistics system in 2007.

“MC4 will leverage new and ongoing relationships with the Army Medical Department Center and School, DHIMS and the medical logistics community to ensure continued growth beyond just the digital medical record,” Geesey said. “We must also champion the institutionalization of MC4 by advocating for improved training resources and inculcating a ‘train as we fight’ employment of the system.”

The Army Surgeon General announced the worldwide expansion of MC4 in the war zone in May. Geesey formally took over the command of MC4 from Lt. Col. Edward Clayson on Sept. 25.

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