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The Office of the Chief Medical Officer (OCMO) directorate of TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) has published the "HIP Process Guide" for use throughout the Military Health System (MHS). To better assist you in using this guide, here are some helpful tips:

What Are Healthcare Innovations?

Healthcare innovations are new ideas, methods or devices introduced to achieve mission performance gains. Innovations improve quality of care and access to care, increase satisfaction of patients and staff, and decrease health care delivery costs.

What is the "HIP Process Guide"?

The HIP process guide was designed to assist people in making improvements and changes in the MHS. The process is supported by a series of questions that guide the reader through many considerations along the way. These considerations suggest different activities based on the scope of the project. The guide was designed to meet the needs of both large and small improvements or innovative projects.

How do I use it?

By asking yourself the questions the guide poses. Your answers will lead you through what you will need to do and what you may not need to spend time and energy on. Based on the scope of the project, the activities suggested will vary. For example, some projects may require an in-depth cost benefit analysis while others may use a high level comparison of alternatives. Many of the activities propose certain milestones or products to be created along the way. These help communicate the progress of the effort as well as help ensure that no critical steps have been overlooked.

“On October 1, 2013, the Department of Defense established the Defense Health Agency (DHA) to manage the activities of the Military Health System. These activities include those previously managed by TRICARE Management Activity (TMA), which was disestablished on the same date. During the next several months, all TMA websites will change to reflect the new DHA. We appreciate your patience during this transition."
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