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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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Enduring Location Master List

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

A geographic site designated by the DoD for strategic access and use to support U.S. security interests for the foreseeable future.  The following types of sites are considered enduring for U.S. Government purposes:  MOB; FOS; and ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Enduring Location Master List

DoD Veterinary Health Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

The electronic or hard copy medical record system used by the DoD to capture all veterinary medical and dental health care documentation.  The electronic system is the VSSM or its successor.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

DoD Veterinary Health Record

DoD Electronic Medical Record

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

The electronic medical record system used by the DoD; specifically, the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application or its successor.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

DoD Electronic Medical Record

Deployment Health Activities

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

Health-related activities and measures that are undertaken to assess and minimize health risks associated with deployment.  Activities encompass the regular collection, analysis, interpretation, recording, archiving, and distribution of ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Deployment Health Activities

Deployment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

The movement of forces into and out of an operational area.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Deployment | Deployment

Disease and Injury

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

Injury or degradation of functional capability sustained by personnel, caused by disease and non-battle injury or by enemy action.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Disease and Injury

Occupational and Environmental Health

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

All activities related to preventing OEH-related illnesses for DoD personnel.  OEH includes, but is not limited to, IH, ergonomics, OEM, epidemiology, hearing conservation, radiation protection, OEH surveillance in military operations, ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Occupational and Environmental Health

Disease and Non-Battle Injury

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

All illnesses and injuries not resulting from hostile action or terrorist activity or caused by conflict.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Disaster Mental Health

Food Protection

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

Overarching term that includes both food safety and food defense.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Food Protection | Food Protection

Food and Water Risk Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

A program conducted under specific circumstances by veterinary or public health personnel to assess food operations to identify and mitigate risk from intentional and unintentional contamination.  Circumstances under which an assessment ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Food and Water Risk Assessment | Food and Water Risk Assessment

Feral Animal Risk Mitigation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

A combination of policies, procedures, and practices that when collectively employed in an operational environment reduces the traumatic injury and disease risks posed by feral animals (free-roaming animals, usually a domestic species with no ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Feral Animal Risk Mitigation

Reportable Medical Events

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

An event that may represent an inherent, significant threat to public health and military operations.  These events have the potential to affect large numbers of people, to be widely transmitted within a population, to have severe or life ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Reportable Medical Events

Operational Area

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

An overarching term encompassing more descriptive terms (such as area of responsibility and joint operations area) for geographic areas in which military operations are conducted.

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Operational Area

Restricted Reporting

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
5/7/2019

Reporting option that allows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (i.e., SARC, SAPR VA, or healthcare personnel), in accordance with Reference (h), and receive medical treatment, including ...

Source of Definition

DODI 6310.09 Health Care Management for Patients Associated With a Sexual Assault

Related Glossary Terms

Restricted Reporting

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
5/7/2019

The single point of contact at an installation or within a geographic area who oversees sexual assault awareness, prevention, and response training; coordinates medical treatment, including emergency care, for victims of sexual assault; and ...

Source of Definition

DODI 6310.09 Health Care Management for Patients Associated With a Sexual Assault

Related Glossary Terms

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
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