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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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HCP

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
7/23/2019

All paid and unpaid persons working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients or to infectious materials including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, ...

Source of Definition

DODI 6205.02 DOD Immunization Program

Related Glossary Terms

Health Care Provider | Health Care Providers [DoDI 6200.06] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 8580.02] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 1300.27] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6000.13] | Health Care Provider [DoDI 6490.10] | Health Care Provider [DoDM 6025.13] | Health Care Provider [JP 4-02]

Immunization

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
7/23/2019

The process by which a person becomes protected or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine.

Source of Definition

DODI 6205.02 DOD Immunization Program

Related Glossary Terms

Immunization

DOD Immunization Program

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
7/23/2019

A single, uniform program, administered by the DHA, that the DoD Components will use to provide educational, public health, and clinical services to deliver and assess the effect of immunizations for eligible beneficiaries.

This program ...

Source of Definition

DODI 6205.02 DOD Immunization Program

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

Health Surveillance

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

The regular or repeated collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data and the dissemination of information to monitor the health of a population and to identify potential risks to health, thereby enabling timely interventions ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Health Surveillance | Health Surveillance | Health Surveillance

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

Contingency Operation

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

A military operation that is either designated by the Secretary of Defense as a contingency operation or becomes a contingency operation as a matter of law (Title 10, United States Code, Section 101[a][13]).

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Contingency Plan

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 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

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

United States

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

Includes the land area, internal waters, territorial sea, and airspace of the United States, including  a. United States territories; and b. Other areas over which the United States Government has complete jurisdiction and control or has ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

United States | United States | United States

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

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

Occupational and Environmental Health Site Assessment

Glossary Term
Date of Publication
6/19/2019

Documents the OEH conditions found at a site (e.g., deployment site such as a base camp, bivouac site or outpost, main operating base or forward operating site, enduring location, or contingency location) beginning at or near the time it is ...

Source of Definition

DoD Instruction 6490.03: Deployment Health

Related Glossary Terms

Occupational and Environmental Health Site Assessment

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
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