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Defense Health Care: Medical Surveillance Improved Since Gulf War, but Mixed Results in Bosnia.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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A military medical surveillance system that collects, analyzes, and disseminates health information facilitates DODs ability to intervene in a timely manner to address health care problems experienced by military personnel. DOD believes such a system is one of the principal means to ensure a fit and healthy force and to prevent disease and injuries from degrading waffighting capabilities. Based on our review of the Presidential Advisory Committee and the Institute of Medicine reports and discussions with DOD officials, for the purposes of tnis report we identified four major elements of a military medical surveillance system, as shown in table 1.
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