DOD system will monitor battlefield health data

DOD system will monitor battlefield health data

The Defense Department is building a Web system that will collect and store health data that can help explain mysterious illnesses such as Gulf War Syndrome.

The Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System will give military commanders access to health information, including data on disease outbreaks and injury trends, to help them make battlefield decisions.

DOEHRS will collect and hold information on potentially harmful exposures that are mostly documented on paper today. The system ultimately will capture data for transfer to computerized patient records.

"The Gulf War illness question was the driver for our whole software development program," said Jeff McClaflin, who works as an industrial hygienist at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. "DOEHRS is designed to be able to answer questions like that."

McClaflin is part of a system design group of medical professionals that includes representatives from each of the military services.

When an initial version of the system is deployed next spring, it will be linked to the Composite Health Care System II and the DOD Hazardous Substance Management Systems of the Environmental IT Management Program.

The data will also be added to the Theater Medical Information Program, an integrated suite of medical systems that provide management support for deployed systems. TMIP is the medical component of both the Global Command and Control System and the Global Combat Support System.

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