FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NNS) -- Starting your electronic physical health assessment (PHA) just got a little easier with the completion of a mobile-friendly format.
The new format became available February 2019 as a way to make starting the annual assessment accessible from mobile devices. The Navy, along with the other services, was required to fully implement the standardized Department of Defense PHA by the end of December 2017, but like any broad change, there have been a few challenges along the way.
“We’ve found in making the switch there still are some instances of difficulty in completing the process, said Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Medical Readiness Deputy Director, Cmdr. Scott Welch. “Many of our junior Sailors and Marines have specialties that don’t require a typical workstation with a computer, yet the vast majority have personal or work cell phones. Creating a mobile-friendly version has made the process easier for these military members.”
There is no special application necessary, and the mobile friendly version is accessed by navigating to the Navy’s PHA website through your mobile device. The site will automatically recognize the user is on a mobile device and be displayed in a way that is more easily viewed on a mobile device. The site is also easier to navigate on a mobile device, allowing service members to more easily complete the self-assessment on their phone or tablet. Users will have to create a username and password to login and complete the self-assessment portion of their PHA. The rest of the PHA process must then be completed by medical personnel on a CAC-enabled computer.
Completing the process requires a record review, mental health assessment review, and final PHA review. Members who are serving in remote areas or far from a military clinic will complete the self-assessment online and then contact the closest military clinic to complete the process. The PHA process is not complete until all steps are accomplished.
Visit the official ePHA website at https://data.nmcphc.med.navy.mil/pha/index.aspx. Any difficulties with the website should be directed to the Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center Help Desk at (757) 953-0737 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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