The collaborative research and service delivery partnership between the United States healthcare system and the U.S. Military Health System during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tracey Pérez Koehlmoos, Jessica Korona-Bailey, Miranda Lynn Janvrin*, Cathaleen Madsen, Eric Schneider

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine the military-civilian collaborative efforts which addressed the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in areas including provision of supplies, patient and provider support, and development and dissemination of new vaccine and drug candidates. Methods: We examined peer reviewed and grey literature from September 2020 to June 2021 to describe the relationship between the U.S. healthcare system and Military Health System (MHS). For analysis, we applied the World Health Organization framework for health systems, which consists of six building blocks. Results: The strongest collaborative efforts occurred in areas of medicine and technology, human resources, and healthcare delivery, most notably in the MHS supplying providers, setting up treatment venues, and participating in development of vaccines and therapeutics. Highlighting that the MHS, with its centralized structure and ability to deploy assets rapidly, is an important contributor to the nation’s ability to provide a coordinated, large-scale response to health emergencies. Conclusions: Continuing the relationship between the two health systems is vital to maintaining the nation’s capability to meet future health challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number81
JournalHealth Research Policy and Systems
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic response
  • Military Health System
  • U.S. Healthcare System

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