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Defense Medical Surveillance System

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) operates the Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS), a continuously expanding relational database that documents military and medical experiences of service members throughout their careers. As the central repository of medical surveillance data for the U.S. Armed Forces, DMSS contains up-to-date and historical data on diseases and medical events (e.g., hospitalizations, ambulatory visits, reportable medical events, HIV tests, and casualty data) and longitudinal data on personnel and deployments. AFHSB routinely publishes summaries of notifiable diseases, trends of illnesses of special surveillance interest and field reports describing outbreaks and case occurrences in the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR), the principal vehicle for disseminating medical surveillance information of broad interest. Through DMSS, AFHSB provides the sole link between the DoD Serum Repository and other databases.

DMSS Data Structure

Selected Data Tables Integrated within the DMSS for all DoD Beneficiaries*

DMSS Structure Defense Medical Surveillance System 


*Last Updated: February 2017

Notes:

  1. Personnel Data contains all persons serving in the Active/Reserve/Guard components.
  2. Casualty data for active duty and activated Reserve/Guard component deaths.
  3. Medical encounters are for active component, activated Reserves and National Guard, and other beneficiaries of the military healthcare system (except prescription data and immunizations).
  4. Reportable Events as outlined in the Armed Forces Reportable Events Guidelines.
  5. Deployment rosters represent major deployments beginning with Persian Gulf War.
  6. Health assessment "Deployment" questionnaires administered before/after major deployments.

Acronyms

  1. DMSS — Defense Medical Surveillance System
  2. DMED — Defense Medical Epidemiology Database

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