Mil Med. 2009 May;174(5 Suppl):12-20.
Force Health Protection: the mission and political context of the longitudinal health record.
Collmann J. O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, 3800 Reservoir Road NW, Box 571107, Washington, DC 20057-1107, USA.
Drawing upon an extensive search of publically available literature and discussions at the "National Forum on the Future of the Defense Health Information System," this article documents the evolving mission and political context of the longitudinal health record (LHR) as an instrument for Force Health Protection (FHP). Because of the Gulf War syndrome controversy, the Department of Defense (DoD) launched an ambitious, complex series of programs designed to create a comprehensive, integrated defense health surveillance capability to assure FHP and keep faith with the American people. This "system of systems" includes individual component systems to perform specific functions such as disease surveillance, battlefield assessment, and patient care and consolidates these diverse types of information into centrally accessible archives that serve the interests of occupational health, preventive medicine, medical strategic planning, and longitudinal patient health care. After 25 years of effort and major accomplishments, progress toward a LHR remains uneven and controversy persists.
PMID: 19562957 [PubMed - in process]