New health portal offers array of services to Navy users

New health portal offers array of services to Navy users

The Navy has completed its first health portal, a single point of online access to more than 15 services including Navy medical data, news, training and health care information.

Naval Medicine Online 1.0, developed by Advanced Technology Systems Inc. of McLean, Va., made its initial debut in February. Today, officials said, the site averages more than 100,000 hits per day.

Navy medical personnel decided last year to develop a comprehensive e-health portal, said Lt. Commander Michael Whitecar, director and program manager of NMO.

Guided by the contractor's technical experts, Whitecar said, 'We succeeded in building a robust, enterprisewide Web portal that improves the entire department's access to medical information and reduces our IT expenditures.'

The portal lets users manage their own information and customize their interfaces. They can:

  • Conduct servicewide searches for Navy medical information rather than search site by site

  • Access TRICARE Online

  • Set up individual command Web sites using NMO's online tools and predefined templates

  • Track appointments with a personalized calendar feature

  • Take online training courses

  • Manage relocating to a new command

  • Conduct surveys and share files with other users.

  • The portal architecture uses Java2 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft .Net and Extensible Markup Language, said Oanh Henry, Advanced Technology System's senior project manager for NMO.

    To create NMO's services, the contractor used Macromedia ColdFusion MX, Java Server Pages, Active Server Pages, Simple Object Access Protocol and Extensible HTML, Henry said.


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