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.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should advise the Secretary of Defense that further funding of the TRIMIS program should be restricted to: (1) DOD preparation and presentation of a long-range plan for the development, implementation, and operation of TRIMIS within budgetary and time limitations; (2) preparation of a series of short-range plans that provide DOD a firm commitment for implementing the long-range plan; (3) identification of the uniform data elements, codes, and communication protocols that are to be used by the services throughout the TRIMIS life cycle; and (4) designation of the patient administration module as the top priority module for development and implementation.


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