DoD’s EHR implementation takes first steps

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DOD plugs in new electronic health record system – February 8, 2017, By Adam Mazmanian, FCW

Stacy Cummings, the program executive officer for Defense Healthcare Management Systems, which led the two-year procurement of the electronic health record, said, "This is an exciting milestone for our team. We worked hard to get to our first [initial operating capability] site, and I can report first hand from the command center that everything is going as expected. Providers at Fairchild are treating patients while the government and contractor team are quickly implementing fixes to issues as they are identified."

Initially, Genesis was supposed to launch at Fairchild and at Oak Harbor Naval Hospital, also in Washington. In October 2016, Cummings told reporters that thedelaywas allowing DHMS to include some features that were being held for later iterations of the system.

G2X TAKE: The DHA community watches closely, and the VA maybe even closer. It is all baby steps at this point as Stacy Cummings and the Defense Healthcare Management Systems group carefully navigates this enormous undertaking for MHS GENESIS.

With so much riding on the line, failure is not an option for DHMS, but VA leaders and the community that supports VA and/or DHA will be actively monitoring this to see how they address the inevitable technological hurdles and user adoption/public perception issues that come with the territory.

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