1-10. COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS, AND
responsibility of medical organizations at all levels of command. Normally C4I is
handled by a medical command, medical brigade, or a medical group. The type of
medical C4I headquarters employed in an operational area is dependent on the size of
the deployed force.
b. The medical C4I headquarters is designed to implement Level ll through Level
IV combat health support operations across the operational continuum. Combat health
support C4I headquarters employ the principle of "first in--last out." The appropriate
medical C4I headquarters must arrive as lead elements with a deploying force to
orchestrate the arrival of medical units into an operational area and they are among the
last to leave.
c. The medical C4I headquarters has sophisticated automation hardware and
software as well as assured communications. Based on intelligence analysis, medical
C4I staff articulates priorities, synchronize operations, and ensure uninterrupted medical
procedures must allow for interface among Army systems, among all levels of
command, among other services, and (when feasible) among supported allied forces.
Automated data processing systems aid in patient accountability, tracking the
movement of patients/casualties across the battlefield, regulating patients into and out
of theater hospitals, and management of health service logistics systems.
Section II. THE ROLE OF THE M6
1-11. HEALTH CARE TEAM
a. As a Department of the Army practical nurse, you will be one of the members
of a group of people involved in the care of the patient--the health care team. Any
person involved with the health and welfare of the patient is a member of the health
care team. The needs of the patient will dictate who the primary team members will be.
All of the following may be team members: the patient, the patient's family, the nursing
staff, the physicians, the social workers, the physical therapists, the dieticians, the
occupational therapists, the chaplains, and the administrative support staff.
b. Whether you find yourself working in a large MEDCEN or in a field unit, you
are still a health care provider and a crucial member of the health care team.