Test and Evaluation Report for the Field Medical Surveillance System (FMSS)
Technical rept. for Jul-Sep 2003
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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This report represents a test and evaluation of the Field Medical Surveillance System FMSS, a product of the Field Medical Technologies program of the Naval Health Research Center NHRC. The FMSS is a medical information and analysis system that incorporates new patient encounters, provider information, and medical reference information. Its goal is to minimize the impact of disease on deployed forces by providing access to medical summary and evaluation information. FMSS met nearly all of the claims advertised by the developers associated with creating and maintaining a patient database, generating disease surveillance graphs and reports, and providing current medical references. Survey results and user reviews indicated that FMSS was appropriate for use as a surveillance tool for deployed Environmental Health Officers and Preventive Medicine Officers. Developers should address inconsistencies between the program and the users manual. Most importantly, time series and incidence rate graphs should function as indicated. Another concern is the compatibility of FMSS with other medical applications using ICD-9 codes. It is not clear whether codes are attached to diagnoses made through all available FMSS options. Finally, the addition of other required reports such as disease and nonbattle injury would be useful.
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