MHS GENESIS clinical sync meeting gives users insights on use, history of similar systems
Dr. Paul Cordts, the Military Health System functional champion, addressed a group of clinicians, administrators, and private-sector civilians with previous experience with a similar electronic health record system to talk about MHS GENESIS.
THe Military Health System is rolling out a new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS. The initial deployment of this integrated medical and dental electronic health record began in the Pacific Northwest in February, and will fully deploy at all military hospitals and clinics by 2022. Sometime after that, it will be in the hands of medics at the point of injury.
“We need to show we deliver health care on par with the best civilian health care organizations in America,” said Dr. Paul Cordts, the MHS functional champion. “We have to make sure our uniformed personnel are ready to go. We have to make sure we have a ready medical force. We have to meet both aspects of our readiness mission.”
MHS officials are phasing in MHS GENESIS, addressing lessons learned along the way. Part of that process included an MHS GENESIS clinical sync meeting March 10 at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. The event brought together clinicians, administrators, and private-sector civilians who have experience using a similar electronic health record system in the civilian health care sector, allowing them to share valuable lessons with the MHS.
Dr. Chris Wood is the Medical Executive for iCentra Innovations, a collaboration between Cerner, the company that developed MHS GENESIS, and Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare. During his presentation, he explained that Intermountain’s system helps his health care organization move forward with information transparency and transfer, both important aspects of what MHS GENESIS is expected to bring to the MHS.
“For us, [the] implementation is more than just technological; it’s also about clear governance and transparency,” said Wood, adding there has been a total transformation in the last few decades of how information is exchanged. “In 1950, [our medical knowledge] doubled every 50 years. In 2016, [it] doubled every 73 days.”
Wood said that’s why Intermountain needed a one-record system, similar to MHS GENESIS, that allows health care providers to make timely updates to clinical information and provides the storage capacity to hold all the data coming in.
Later in the day, the clinicians broke into smaller working groups organized around two clinical areas that represent a significant portion of the care delivered in MHS’ssystem: orthopedics and pregnancy and delivery. While each working group had a different focus, both addressed the immense potential MHS GENESIS holds as a tool for better care.
Cordts said the diverse group of attendees would help to make sure the new electronic health record is in sync with performance improvement, quality, safety, and access efforts.
“Today reaffirmed we have the right people with the right passion,” said Cordts. “Now we need to work on a way forward to make sure we leverage MHS GENESIS to transform the way we deliver care in the MHS.”