What is the Defence Health Agency?

Introduction

The Defence Health Agency (DHA) is a joint, integrated combat support agency that enables the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and US Space Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime.

The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high quality health services to MHS beneficiaries and is responsible for driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the MHS.

The DHA’s global workforce of almost 140,000 civilians and military personnel is committed to medical excellence, health care improvement and ensuring military personnel are ready to perform combat operations and humanitarian missions at home and abroad.

  • Lead Health Care Markets to manage military hospitals and clinics.
  • Provide Combat Support to Combatant Commands.
  • Deliver the TRICARE Health Plan to 9.6 million beneficiaries worldwide.
  • Deploy MHS GENESIS, the new electronic health record, to military hospitals and clinics.
  • Offer Education and Training to MHS providers to ensure a medically ready force.

Brief History

The United States Department of Defence established the DHA as part of a larger effort meant to reorganise its health care programmes and services. The reorganisation was based in part on the recommendations of a task force that issued a report on the management of US military health care in 2011. Under the old system, many aspects of military health care were managed by the individual armed services (Army, Navy, and Air Force).

Structure

The DHA operates under the authority and oversight of the Assistant Secretary of Defence for Health Affairs. Assistant Secretary Jonathan Woodson, M.D., established the DHA’s organisational structure, including six directorates.

Organisational Chart of the Defence Health Agency.

National Capital Region Medical Directorate

The National Capital Region (NCR) Medical Directorate is a medical directorate within the DHA.

Commander DHA

The Commander DHA is an OF-8 level officer.

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