Army Injury Surveillance Definitions
See our slide set that explains of the general causes and potentially associated activities, hazards, and interventions of most commonly identified injury types at installations.
As described below – there are many tools that provide statistics regarding your local installation injury problem. See our factsheets for Installation-Specific Army Soldier Injury Summaries and Civilian Injury Summaries.
APHC Periodic Publications and Surveillance Reports
APHC publishes several periodicals and surveillance reports on a regular schedule. See current publications, available past issues, and subscribe/unsubscribe options.
Army Strategic Management System (SMS)
The SMS is a management tool used by Army leadership to track strategic goals using key performance metrics from all functional levels of the Army (medical and non-medical). Metrics are monitored with upper and lower thresholds shown as color indicators (e.g. green, amber, and red). As one of the Army Medicine Campaign metrics, quarterly injury rates and calculated statistical control limits are provided by installation, regional health command, and Army major command.
To get to the installation injury metrics in SMS, go to Dashboards; User Workspace; OTSG/MEDCOM; OTSG/MEDCOM HQ; DSC, Public Health; Public Health; Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Portfolio (EDS); Active Duty Injuries by Installation and MEDCOM Region (Quarterly). https://www.sms.army.mil/cms (Restricted access, CAC required)
Public Health Management System (PHMS)
Access to quarterly installation injury rates are also provided in PHMS. As in the SMS, statistical control limits are displayed to facilitate identification of deviations from baseline injury rates. Metrics are provided by installation, regional health command, and Army major command. PHMS includes other public health metrics such as rates of hearing and eye injuries, rates of behavioral health conditions, chronic diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, body mass index, and percentage of Soldiers using tobacco. https://carepoint.health.mil/sites/APH/PHPMO/Pages/Injury-rates-among-AD-Soldiers.aspx or https://usaphcapps.amedd.army.mil/PHMS (Restricted access, CAC required)
Health of the Force - Online
Health of the Force - Online is an additional tool for monitoring leading health indicators by installation. This application provides a 360-degree view of health and readiness indicators for active duty Soldiers derived from current Army medical data. It includes annual installation injury summaries assessing injury trends over time, variations in rates by age and gender, and leading causes of injury. https://carepoint.health.mil/sites/HOF/Pages/Home.aspx
Defense Health Agency (DHA) Injury Reports
The DHA Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB), formerly the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC), provides summaries of injury-related data for active duty U.S. service members using health encounter data contained in the Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS). Reports summarize injuries according to service and installation, provide rates of injuries by anatomical region, counts of injuries by external cause, percent of service members receiving multiple encounters for an injury, and counts by duty limitation status and region of injury.
Reports are produced monthly for 18 month periods, with a two-month lag in data. https://armymedicine.health.mil/MHSHome/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Armed-Forces-Health-Surveillance-Branch/Reports-and-Publications/Installation-Injury-Reports