Department of Defense expands Cerner EHR implementation to 10,000 more providers
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The Department of Defense's new electronic health record system, MHS Genesis, has been successfully delivered to 10,000 more clinicians and providers.
MHS Genesis was developed by the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, comprising Cerner Corporation, Accenture, Leidos and Henry Schein One, along with about 30 supporting businesses.
According to a Leidos press statement, the most recent deployment has locations in 12 more states: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
"Our team continues to be impressed by the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the staff at each of these locations. They are the driving force behind our success to date," said Liz Porter, Leidos Health Group president, in a statement.
WHY IT MATTERS
The Department of Defense's EHR revamp has been underway since 2015, with the DoD rolling out its MHS Genesis pilot at the Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, in 2017.
Currently, MHS Genesis is live across more than 600 military treatment facilities, says Leidos, with more than 41,000 active users.
It is being deployed throughout the country and overseas via 23 total "waves," with each targeting a specific region over one year.
Although deployment was suspended last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears to be back up and running, with a full rollout expected by the end of 2023.
"We are gaining momentum and improved efficiency with each wave deployment," said Porter.
THE LARGER TREND
But the Department of Veterans Affairs, which aimed to take lessons learned from the DoD's implementation with its own modernization program, has faced a rockier launch.
ON THE RECORD
"The staff at these locations worked tirelessly to adopt a new electronic health record system, while continuing to battle a global pandemic," Holly Joers, acting program executive officer for the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems, said in a statement.
"We applaud their focus on the mission and partnership in this important transformation," Joers continued.