Naval Hospital Bremerton hosts MHS GENESIS system validation sessions
BREMERTON, Wash. — Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) hosted system validation sessions (SVS) to prepare for the new Department of Defense electronic health record known as MHS GENESIS, Aug. 2-5.
The SVS were specifically designed for users of MHS GENESIS that is to be rolled out for the first time at military treatment facilities in the Pacific Northwest at the end of the calendar year.
The overlapping goals of the sessions and accompanying workshops included showcasing the sites' local configuration in MHS GENESIS, allowing end users to further understand the transformation of patient-care delivery that will be provided, and identifying key benefits and potential challenges for follow-up purposes.
"Being among the first is a privilege; we have the opportunity and awareness of what is going on to help make any needed changes and modifications to the new electronic health record," said Navy Capt. David K. Weiss, NHB commanding officer.
The weeklong sessions were not training-centric as much as visual demonstrations.
According to Navy Cmdr. Rolf Schmidt, NHB's Department of Anesthesia and Navy Anesthesia Recording and Monitoring Device Program functional manager and chief medical informatics officer, the sessions were vitally important to help showcase what was ready and what adjustments are needed to meet the needs of a specific clinic or department.
"The system validation sessions capture what's going right and serve as demonstrations for feedback, comparing notes and addressing any issues," Schmidt said.
The sessions began with a "Day in the Life" overview of an out-patient visit and an in-patient appointment with localized configurations.
There were also breakout sessions which included hands-on experience, workflow reviews for local data collection, and an overview of integration validation – which is designed to help measure readiness and ensure the system operates as designed for specific sites.
"This is an amazing opportunity to facilitate the transition and make it what it needs to be," said Navy Capt. David W. Hardy, Navy Medicine MHS GENESIS Detachment Pacific Northwest team leader. "There will be challenges and we will take advantage of that because feedback is critical."
"There are definite differences between a civilian and military hospital," added Navy Capt. Kim Zuzelski, NHB executive officer. "Feedback is important as we educate ourselves as much as we possibly can during these sessions and workshops."
Along with NHB, the new system will also be featured at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Madigan Army Medical Center, Puyallup Community Medical Home, and Fairchild Air Force Base Clinic.
"The Pacific Northwest has a reputation for innovation and embracing changes," Hardy said. "These sessions give a top-level view of what the new electronic health record is about and help prepare NHB for the implementation MHS GENESIS."
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