Development of Department of Defense's Tri-Service Medical Information Systems

LCD-78-121: Published: Jul 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 19, 1978.

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The Department of Defense's (DOD) Tri-Service Medical Information System (TRIMIS) should provide automatic data processing support for patient care in military hospitals. Its potential benefits involve minimizing duplication in systems development by the services, money savings, and improved hospital patient care.

However, little progress has been made toward achieving these objectives despite expenditures of about $50 million. Problems identified were: (1) lack of unified support from services in the design and development effort; (2) little management continuity; (3) lack of definition of organizational responsibilities; (4) inadequate planning; and (5) lack of emphasis on system standardization.

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