Madigan Army Medical Center in Takoma, Washington is now the fourth military site to go live with the Military Health System (MHS) Genesis electronic health record (EHR) system.
The Leidos Partnership for Defense Health announced the successful deployment of MHS Genesis at Madigan, which follows installations at Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor and Naval Hospital Bremerton. Madigan is the largest and last of four Pacific Northwest bases that make up the initial phase of the multi-billion-dollar Cerner implementation.
In 2015, the Pentagon awarded a $4.3 billion contract to Leidos to modernize Department of Defense’s EHR system. As the prime contractor, Reston, Va.-based Leidos formed a team of industry leaders including core partners Cerner, Accenture Federal Services, and Henry Schein to lead the development and integration of MHS Genesis through the program lifecycle, the company said in a press release.
According to the Defense Department, MHS Genesis will support the availability of electronic health records for more than 9.4 million DoD beneficiaries and approximately 205,000 MHS personnel globally.
MHS Genesis is a single, integrated electronic inpatient and outpatient health record. MHS Genesis is the new EHR managed by the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) Program Management Office (PMO), under the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS).
Officials have said that the plan is to start in the Pacific Northwest and then phase it into the rest of the MHS over the course of several years, which will allow time to tweak it as necessary to meet any changing needs, and identify and correct unanticipated problems early. MHS Genesis project first rolled out to Fairchild Air Force Base in February, then Naval Hospital Oak Harbor in July and Naval Hospital Bremerton in September.
Madigan is the largest inpatient facility thus far to initiate the deployment of the interoperable EHR. Upon program completion, MHS GENESIS will integrate inpatient and outpatient solutions that will connect all military services’ medical and dental information across the continuum of care, from point of injury to the military treatment facility.
The program was built around the Cerner Millennium commercial EHR platform and Henry Schein’s commercial Electronic Dental Record platform as a patient-centric system that focuses on quality, safety and patient outcomes that support DoD readiness objectives. As a clinically led information technology capability, MHS Genesis can change the way care is delivered in the military and advance interoperability between the private and public sectors, Leidos officials stated.
“Leidos is proud to support the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems in its mission to transform the delivery of health care in the Military Health System and improve data sharing with other agencies, including Veterans Affairs, as well as private health institutions,” Leidos group president Jon Scholl, said in a statement. “We remain committed to excellence in fulfilling our customers’ mission in deploying an EHR system that provides enhanced, secure technology to ensure mission readiness.”