HOSPITAL - A health treatment facility capable of providing definitive inpatient care. It
is staffed and equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services in the fields of
general medicine and surgery, preventive medicine services, and has the supporting
facilities to perform its assigned mission and functions. A hospital, may, in addition,
discharge the functions of a clinic.
HREC (HEALTH RECORD) - A Health Record is a permanent, continuous, locally
available file that contains basic documents prepared when an individual enters military
service and in which additional documents are prepared when the member receives
medical and dental care on an excused-from-duty or outpatient basis.
INPATIENT - An inpatient is an individual, other than a transient patient, who is
admitted (placed under treatment or observation) to a bed status in a US military MTF
which has authorized or designated beds for inpatient medical or dental care.
INPATIENT TREATMENT RECORD (ITR) - The medical record used at a MTF that has
authorized beds for inpatient medical or dental care. It is begun on admission to the
MTF and completed at the end of hospitalization. This record applies to all
INDIVIDUAL PATIENT DATA SYSTEM (IPDS) - IPDS is a computer oriented
collection of selected demographic and medical data for inpatients treated by the Army
Medical Department (AMEDD) and for certain other cases of sufficient interest to
require reporting as "carded for record only" (CRO) (see para 3-12, AR 40-66). The
system also includes data on active duty Army personnel while in an "absent sick"
status in civilian hospitals.
KILLED IN ACTION (KIA) - Refers to personnel who are killed or who die in wounds or
other injuries received in action before reaching any military MTF.
MEDCEN - Medical center.
MEDICAL CENTER - A medical center is a large hospital staffed and equipped to
provide health care for authorized persons including a wide range of specialized and
consultive support for all medical facilities in the assigned geographic area.
MEDDAC - Medical department activity. The MEDDAC is an organizational structure
which combines the health care assets from a geographic area under a single
commander. It is a TDA organization under the jurisdiction of the Commander ,
Headquarters, US Army Medical Command.
MILPO - Military Personnel Office.
MPRJ - Military Personnel Records Jacket.
MTF - Medical treatment facility.