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MHS Health Care Glossary

Military Health System (MHS) Health Care Glossary serves as the official repository and consolidated reference (as a secondary source) for terms and definitions used within the MHS. Some terms may have multiple and varying definitions based on the context and primary source of authority. Note that certain definitions may be approved only for limited use in a single primary reference document, while others may have broad applicability in multiple contexts and issuances. To determine the most appropriate definition in a particular context, consult all relevant source documents. Any disparities between this Glossary and primary sources are unintentional, and the primary source shall control.

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MCF

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

A detailed representation of DoD medical contingency requirements used by the Services and the DLA to conduct strategic assessments of materiel availability in order to assess risk, plan sourcing, and program for readiness programs. The MCF ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

MMCR

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

Items of medical materiel (supplies and equipment) that the MHS must anticipate and plan for in order to build, deploy, and sustain health readiness capabilities in support of globally integrated operations. These include the materiel required ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Medical Countermeasures

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

Medical and select non-medical materiel, including personal protective equipment, required to protect or impair the effects of major population health threats such as pandemic disease and weapons of mass destruction.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Medical Logistics

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

A function of the MHS that provides the ability to organize and provide life-cycle management of specialized medical products and logistics services required to support health readiness requirements across the range of military operations. ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Medical Logistics Services

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

Specialized logistics services required to support operation of an MTF. These include, but are not limited to, hospital housekeeping, linen and laundry, and the management and disposal of regulated medical waste.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Precision

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

The ability to generate accurate, relevant and appropriate effects.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Shared Service

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

Enterprise service activity consolidated under DHA management and provided to the Military Departments as a service in order to reduce unnecessary redundancies, improve performance, decrease costs, and enable the MHS to operate more ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Standardization

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

The process by which the Department of Defense achieves the closest practicable cooperation among the Services and Department of Defense agencies for the most efficient use of research, development, and production resources, and agrees to ...

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Stock Keeping Unit

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

For inventory management, a distinct item for sale or issue; sometimes referred to as a ‘line item’.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Timeliness

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

The ability to deliver effects when appropriate, at a desired time, or within a stated timeframe.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

eCommerce

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/23/2017

The use of electronic data interchange standards to exchange transactions with commercial supplier networks. The DLA medical prime vendor program and the electronic catalog use eCommerce.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction Number 6430.02: Defense Medical Logistics Program

Forensic Pathology

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
12/29/2016

The branch of medicine concerned with determining the cause and manner of death and identifying the deceased through medical and scientific means, including the autopsy process.

Source of Definition:

DoD Instruction 5154.30: Armed Forces Medical Examiner System AFMES Operations

Clinical Practice Guidelines [DoDI 6040.47]

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/28/2016

Statements and recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6040.47: Joint Trauma System

Related Glossary Terms:

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Combatant Command Trauma System (CTS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/28/2016

An organized system modeled after the Joint Theater Trauma System (JTTS) and embedded within a specified Combatant Command (CCMD) that supports the trauma care mission within that CCMD’s area of responsibility.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6040.47: Joint Trauma System

Continuum of Care

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/28/2016

An integrated system of care that guides and tracks patients over time and facilitates seamless movement point of injury to discharge from definitive care.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6040.47: Joint Trauma System
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