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New Electronic Health Record Roll-Out Continues

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U.S. Army
Monday, August 05, 2019

An improved MHS GENESIS—the Defense Department’s new electronic health record—is set to deploy at four more military treatment facilities on Sept. 7, according to Defense Health Agency officials.

“The work that we’ve been doing is working to solve the problems that we’ve found in the record to date,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, MHS GENESIS functional champion and assistant director for combat support at DHA, said during a media roundtable on July 30.

Major lessons from the initial deployment sites in the Pacific Northwest, including Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, shaped recent changes to the record and implementation process.

“We’ve put those lessons to work,” Payne said, including improved user training, better turnaround on feedback and establishing infrastructure six months before the record goes live at a site.

“I think it’s important to recognize from February 2017, when we went live, to the record we’re going to deliver on September 7 is markedly different,” he said.

Next month, MHS GENESIS will be deployed at U.S. Army Health Clinic Presidio in Monterey, California, as well as Travis Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Lemoore, which are also in California, and Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

Fort Irwin, California, and six other military bases are on target to receive MHS GENESIS in June 2020.

MHS GENESIS provides service members, veterans and families with enhanced, secure technology to manage their health information, according to information from DHA. When it’s fully implemented, the system is meant to connect a patient’s medical and dental information, in garrison or deployed, in one place and provide them with a single health record.

“As functional champion, I will continue to spearhead efforts to ensure that as we continue to roll out this exciting system, the needs of our patients and providers remain the paramount concern,” Payne said.