Coast Guard tabs Cerner EHR DoD
The U.S. Coast Guard will implement the same Cerner electronic health record system that the Department of Defense has so far installed at four military sites in the Pacific Northwest. A branch of the U.S. armed forces, the Coast Guard had been considering both government and commercial-off-the-shelf EHRs as possible solutions to replace its current paper-based records. But in the end, the agency decided to opt for the DoD’s system, called MHS GENESIS, which leverages the Cerner Millennium platform. “The Coast Guard plans to adopt the MHS GENESIS system to all its clinics and sick bays,” said Rear Admiral Michael Johnston, the Coast Guard’s director of acquisition programs and program executive officer. “Approximately 6,000 active duty Coast Guard members receive their medical care and dental care at DoD hospitals and facilities.”
Johnston noted that the Coast Guard’s concept of operations, a document describing the characteristics of the proposed system, mirrors DoD’s EHR requirements. “We’ve done the analysis, and this is the best way forward,” he added. “In February of 2016, the Coast Guard’s Electronic Health Record program was established to acquire this enterprise EHR capability. The Coast Guard determined the best possible solution for satisfying our requirement is to join DoD as an integrated partner for MHS GENESIS.” According to Stacy Cummings, program executive officer for Defense Healthcare Management Systems, the Coast Guard and DoD will together set the standard for seamlessly sharing health data across the federal government.