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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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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

HN Civilians

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/9/2017

Citizens of the host nation (HN) requiring medical treatment; does not include detainees.


Source of Definition:

Delivery of Direct Health Care to Non Detainee Host Nation HN Civilians

Scope of Practice

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/9/2017

A range of procedures, actions, and processes that a health care provider in a given profession, and specialty if applicable, would generally be considered qualified to perform as a result of education, training, experience, and license.

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Source of Definition:

Delivery of Direct Health Care to Non Detainee Host Nation HN Civilians

Scope of Privilege

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
8/9/2017

A specified range of clinical procedures, actions, and processes that a DoD health care provider has been granted authority by his or her Military Department or by the Defense Health Agency to perform.


Source of Definition:

Delivery of Direct Health Care to Non Detainee Host Nation HN Civilians

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

DoD Center of Excellence (DCoE)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/28/2016

A DoD military medical organization that focuses on an associated and well-defined and bounded group of clinical conditions and creates value by achieving improvement in outcomes through clinical, educational and research activities.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6040.47: Joint Trauma System

DoD Trauma Registry (DoDTR)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/28/2016

A registry consisting of a systematic collection and aggregation of trauma casualty care epidemiology, treatment, and outcomes data for a predefined purpose

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6040.47: Joint Trauma System

Joint Theater Trauma System (JTTS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
9/28/2016

A former trauma system that supported monitoring and data collection while embedded within the United States Central Command. Now known as a "CTS."

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6040.47: Joint Trauma System
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