A Message from the Navy Surgeon General: Innovation in Navy Medicine

By Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine


VADM Faison - photo - as of 31 DEC 2015

Innovation in Navy Medicine

Our mission is to provide the best possible care that our nation can offer to the men and women who, like us, have sacrificed to defend our freedom. That’s a trust which we honor every day across Navy Medicine and a commitment we make to America’s families.

One way we do that is through innovation, which is vital to the success of Navy Medicine. With increasing external demands, budget constraints, a high operational tempo and the busy lives our young men and women lead today, we must adapt to continue providing the best care possible.

Throughout history, Navy Medicine has been a leader in innovation. I’m inspired every day by the achievements we’ve made, from the development of the wire basket stretcher and acrylic eye replacements, to performing some of the first air evacuations improving battlefield care.

As we move forward, Navy Medicine continues to be a leader in innovation. From our simulation training labs to our new mobile health applications, innovation never stops. To ensure we remain leaders in health innovation we must continue to stay focused and foster a culture of innovation.

Convenience, experience and technology

It should come as no surprise that as technology and the global economy changes, the face of health care is changing, too. There has been a shift in how health care choices are made and Navy Medicine is finding innovative ways to adapt by focusing on three key themes: convenience of care, experience of care, and technology.

In a recently-published article, I addressed these key themes and why they are important to our Sailors, Marines and their families:   1. Convenience(1)

If we’re going to ensure the health and well-being of an increasingly young Navy and Marine Corps force with demanding jobs and busy lives, we must make our care convenient, we must provide an experience of care that’s second to none, and we must remain innovative in our use of technology.

We have the finest team of men and women here at Navy Medicine, dedicated to innovation and finding better ways to care for our Sailors, Marines and their families.  The future of Navy Medicine is bright and I am confident we will continue to lead the way in health innovation in 2016 and beyond.