INTRODUCTION: The Composite Health Care System (CHCS) is a comprehensive and integrated medical information system designed, developed, and deployed to support health care delivery within the Department of Defense throughout the world. Great care was taken to ensure that CHCS was developed to provide fully for the varied and complex needs of all hospital functionalities. Integrated modules in CHCS cover Laboratory, Pharmacy, Radiology, Clinical Services, Patient Administration, and all other functionalities.
Every CHCS user is required to receive formal classroom training for all program options related to official duties prior to receiving access to those options in an account on the live system. Newly assigned users bringing skills and experience to LRMC from another CHCS site will be given an opportunity to "test out" on CHCS-Lab procedures, but will receive a mandatory orientation on CHCS for Central Europe. The requirement for skills validation arises out of quality assurance and risk management concerns and is mandated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
LOCATION: CHCS Lab Files & Table Manager for Central Europe works out of the CHCS Project Office room on Ward 9D (Bldg 3767). CHCS and its ancillary systems are homed at LRMC and are employed at approximately forty medical treatment facilities (MTFs) throughout Central Europe. The distribution of CHCS is accomplished through a combination of Wide Area Network links and Local Area Network links. The relational database stucture and entries of CHCS-Lab for Central Europe are defined through consolidated CHCS-Lab Files and Tables. The population and maintenance of this database is accomplished soley by the CHCS-Lab Files and Table Manager.
Other guidance and policies regarding laboratory information management and the use of CHCS are available at: