Army Medical Department (AMEDD)
USAMITC provides Information Management/Information Technology products and services to support over 50,000 customers in the Army Medical Department (AMEDD), the Military Health System (MHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD).
To take an architecture that addressed only theater-level medical activities (combat hospitals, battalion aid stations, etc.) and expand it to capture the activities of the sustaining base (fixed-site hospitals, military treatment facilities and clinics) and the non-medical activities of the AMEDD (which make up the largest part of AMEDD operations). Although the previous theater architecture served an immediate need to support “battlefield” IT acquisitions, IT acquisitions in the sustaining base were made as “stove pipe” developments without consideration of standardization, possible duplication, and with no regard to DoD, Army, or MHS architectures.
tiag performed an architectural analysis of the current AMEDD enterprise operations and then developed a single information architecture that spanned the continuum of AMEDD operations. Additionally, all of the activities are compatible with, and linked to DoD, Army, and MHS architectures.
tiag assembled a team of four architects, each one having over 20 years experience in the Army Medical Department. The technical approach was to use the AMEDD theater operational architecture as a base architecture and supplement or replace it with MHS, Army, and BEA operational activities where appropriate. Additionally, tiag leveraged several of its subject matter experts with recent AMEDD experience to help define and develop new operational activities.
The tiag team published AMEDD OA version 1.0 in 2007. This effort was described as “ground-breaking, and brilliant” by the AMEDD Systems Architect. The current AMEDD OA version 4.5 consists of an overarching node tree with over 1,200 operational activities fully documented in IBM Rational System Architect (Activity-Based Model).
The AMEDD OA is fully integrated into the DoD Business Enterprise Architecture and the Army G-1 architecture and with it, the tiag team has been able to identify gaps in the MHS Architecture. Every AMEDD IT initiative gets mapped to the AMEDD OA as part of the governance process.
The tiag operational architects have been requested in a number of situations where the AMEDD needed expert technical advice and consultation. When the Army was making national headlines for disconnects in wounded warrior treatment, the tiag OA team was asked to investigate and document the wounded warrior care processes. The team’s work in documenting the business process of the wounded warrior lifecycle has been used as the basis for a number of initiatives.
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