Coast Guard tabs Cerner EHR DoD

Health Data Management - - WASHINGTON REPORT - —G.S.

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.

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