The Joint Trauma System

In 2003, Army Surgeon General and trauma expert Colonel John Holcomb was credited for recommending the strategic need for a Joint Trauma System (JTS) within the U.S. military. The JTS uses data-driven performances to increase trauma preparedness and provide a maximal chance of survival for any injured person in all branches of service. 

“If learning designs like the Joint Trauma System were applied to healthcare generally, both inside and outside the military, performance would catapult to levels never before achieved. The military calls these pragmatic learning processes ‘forced empiricism.’ It is simpler to say ‘saving lives.’”  -Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, “The Military’s ‘Learning Healthcare System.’”

For more on the JTS, see:

Oral History