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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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USTRANSCOM, Command Surgeon's Office

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

A joint activity reporting directly to the Commander, USTRANSCOM that serves as the DoD single manager for the development of policy and standardization of procedures and information support systems for global Patient Movement (PM). The ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

En Route Care

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

The continued provision of care during patient movement between the roles of medical care; en route care is delivered by qualified medical personnel to optimize positive patient outcomes.


Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Patient Movement Requirements Center (PMRC)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

A joint activity under the command and control of USTRANSCOM and responsible to the geographic Combatant Commander (GCC) for patient movement (PM) management, exclusive of Joint Theater Patient Evacuation (JTPE), for missions originating from, ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Joint Proponent

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

A Service, combatant command, or Joint Staff directorate assigned coordinating authority to lead the collaborative development and integration of joint capability with specific responsibilities designated by the ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Medical Regulating

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

The actions and coordination necessary to arrange for the movement of patients through the roles of care and to match patients with a medical treatment facility ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Integrated Point of Transition

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

The point during the continuum of care where responsibility for PM transitions from Joint Theater Patient Evacuation (JTPE), managed by a patient evacuation coordination cell (PECC), to patient movement (PM) managed by a Patient Movement ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Intelligent Tasking

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

The coordinating process that incorporates operational, clinical, and regulating considerations into comprehensive guidance for the real-time management of PM activities.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

In Extremis

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

A situation of such exceptional urgency that immediate action must be taken to minimize imminent loss of life or catastrophic degradation of the military or political situation.


Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Automated Information System (AIS)

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

A combination of computer hardware, software, data, or telecommunications that performs functions such as collecting, processing, storing, transmitting, and displaying information to aid in decision support.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Uniformed Services

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

According to 10 US Code 101, uniformed services means the armed forces, the commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Related Glossary Terms:

Uniformed Services | Uniformed Services

Service Animal

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

Working animals individually trained to perform specific tasks for people with disabilities, such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Related Glossary Terms:

Service Animal

Roles of Medical Care

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

The characterization of health support for the distribution of medical resources and capabilities.  a. Role 1.  Provides medical treatment, initial trauma care, and forward resuscitation, not including surgical care.  Also known ...

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Related Glossary Terms:

Roles of Medical Care

National Disaster Medical System

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

A federally coordinated medical system, augmenting the United States’ medical response capability to assist state, local, and tribal authorities in dealing with medical impacts during major peacetime disasters.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Related Glossary Terms:

National Disaster Medical System | National Disaster Medical System | National Disaster Medical System

Medical Treatment Facility

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
6/22/2018

A facility established for the purpose of furnishing medical and/or dental care to eligible individuals.

Source of Definition:

DoDI 6000.11: PATIENT MOVEMENT

Related Glossary Terms:

Medical Treatment Facility | Medical Treatment Facility | Medical Treatment Facility [6025.13] | Medical Treatment Facility [6025.24] | Medical Treatment Facility [6480.04] | Medical Treatment Facility [DoDI 1300.27] | Medical Treatment Facility or Dental Treatment Facility

First Responder

Glossary Term
Date of Publication:
3/16/2018

Anyone who provides initial and immediate medical care to self or others.

Source of Definition:

Related Glossary Terms:

First Responder
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