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Old-Fashioned Records Leave Army Mental Health Issues Unkown

March 4, 2011

Between 20 percent and 30 percent of troops who have served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from mental health problems, but the Army currently has no way to consistently track the mental health status of soldiers deployed to the two countries and the service finds itself overwhelmed by paper records, Nextgov.com reported.

An internal message sent Jan. 11 from the Army Office of the Surgeon General obtained by Nextgov.com said Army units in the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan, have become "saturated" with paper behavioral health records because mental health providers who treat these soldiers are not entering data into the theater electronic health record known as AHLTA-T.

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