Utilization of NiCOE Resources to provide MHS TeleConsultation
DoD/TMA funding streams are often either ear marked for a specific Service (Army, Air Force or Navy) and/or program such as, TBI of Psychological Health, thus sharing of MHS resources to meet MHS healthcare needs are discouraged within and among the Services. Due to a lack of certain specialists at some Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF) patients are being referred and seen outside of their MTF and in some cases traveling long distances to receive care—which is costly, causes loss of duty time and delays access to care. The NiCOE has many of the specialists needed to address current medical needs and would be an invaluable resource to support the Services through teleconsultations. NiCOE is doing some ‘provider to provider’ teleconsultation now.