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Research Interest Group (HSIRIG)


The Military Health System (MHS) provides medical and dental care to 9.5 million beneficiaries through a network of more than 200,000 clinical and administrative staff located in 1100 military treatment facilities (MTFs) in 16 countries and in a period of unprecedented joint interoperability optimization. The military electronic health record (EHR) connects medical and dental information across the continuum of care, from point of injury to the military treatment facility, including in-garrison, operational, and en route care. The MHS EHR is an accumulation of decades of clinical data, representing billions of clinical encounters, accessible within the MHS Data Repository and other databases.


The emergence of increasingly parallel, distributed, cooperative databases allows researchers to study military population health via querying large data sets, with the goal of increasing efficiencies within the health system and improving patient outcomes. A community of tri-service experts in health systems research, informatics, leadership, and quality provide a coordinated effort aligning existing research and best practice implementation together with ongoing evaluation of priorities and analysis of the literature to support the delivery of safe, effective, high-quality care.



The TSNRP HSIRIG is chartered to collaboratively develop a research and Evidence-Based Practice agenda that will align resources, foster rigorous scientific inquiry, and support the advancement and translation of knowledge to enhance MHS resource planning, particularly with respect to nursing care, in order to improve patient outcomes. In 2021 the HSIRIG consisted of 108 members, and produced 18 publications and 8 funded studies among leaders and members.

Current Leaders

MAJ Melissa Miller, PhD, RN, CNOR, HSIRIG Army Leader

Maj Brian Rottweiler,MS, APRN-CNS, AGCNS-BC, CMSRN, HSIRIG Air Force Leader

Member Meetings

The TSNRP HSIRIG meets via Zoom to network with colleagues, present research, mentor novice researchers, and share information and resources useful to military nurses and researchers. Join HSIRIG below to receive login details for meetings.

Meeting Replays

HSIRIG February 2022

HS/Informatics Excel Session 1: Beginning Principles of Working in Excel

Lt Col Cubby Gardner, PhD


Understand the basic functionalities of Excel. Examine spreadsheet concepts and explore the Microsoft Office Excel environment. Learn what is where in Excel, anatomy of a workbook, function keys, formatting, and freezing cells. Build a worksheet and workbook in Excel. Learn how to enter and import data, cut, copy, insert and delete data; plus perform simple formulas for basic math.

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