The U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center (USAMITC) is responsible for developing and maintaining a worldwide information management and information technology (IM/IT) system for the DoD, Army Medical Command, and other government entities. The mission of the USAMITC is to utilize rapidly evolving technology to modernize and improve army medicine as we move toward a health care future where IM/IT is tied inextricably with successful patient care.
Before 2005, USAMITC systems architecture had been performed on an ad-hoc basis and was poorly governed. Architecture products were “shelf-ware” and were developed only when required – usually after the system was built. Meeting this challenge would require a forward-looking team with expert architecture skills that was respected enough to be able to effect a culture change within the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD).
To create enterprise architecture models on this scale, we needed to tap into our network of elite system architects who had an in-depth knowledge of AMEDD operations, functions, and systems.
Our team quickly documented systems throughout the DoD architecture framework to fulfill MHS and AMEDD requirements and policies. At the government’s request to become ISO-certified, we trained two members of our team to become ISO internal auditors, ensuring that all architecture products are continuously monitored and of consistently high quality.