Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

Federal leaders highlight electronic health record changes at HIMSS

Image of Federal leaders being interviewed. Click to open a larger version of the image. Sonja Lemott (left), chief engineer of the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS) interviewed federal leaders, including Holly Joers (right), the program executive officer for PEO DHMS at HIMSS 2021 (Photo by: Jacob Moore, MHS Communications).

Recommended Content:

Technology | Electronic Health Record: MHS GENESIS

"Be the Change" -- this was the overarching theme for the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference held earlier this month.

During the conference, several Defense Department leaders showcased numerous examples of how the federal government serves as a catalyst for change across the healthcare landscape.

Bill Tinston, director of the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office, equated the evolution of the new single, common record to the evolution of the telephone. "In the past, you called a place - John's house - and asked whether he was there. Now, you call the person on his mobile phone and can reach him wherever he is. The mobile phone removed the limitation of place from the equation. We're doing the same thing with the new single, common record."

The new electronic health record, shared by the Defense Department, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Homeland Security's United States Coast Guard, delivers data to healthcare teams wherever a patient receives treatment. In the past, a patient received care at a specific facility and all records associated with that care resided within that facility. The new shared record makes a patient's records available digitally anywhere a healthcare team or patient needs them.

In 2015, the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems (PEO DHMS) launched the mission to deliver a new electronic health record to the Military Health System.

Bill Tinston, director of the FEHRM program during a Q&A
Bill Tinston, director of the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office responds to audience questions at HIMSS 2021 (Photo by: Jacob Moore, MHS Communications).

Holly Joers, the program executive officer for PEO DHMS, noted, "While the new electronic health record is the cornerstone of our digital transformation, our future is tied to the insatiable need for data. In IT, it's easy to focus on systems and their operations, when we should be talking about the data and where it needs to be. People are separated by time and place, but technology bridges those gaps, putting the patient at the center."

Joers also noted that DOD is influencing the private sector through things like the mass vaccination, or MassVax, developed within the new health record. "We had a specific need to vaccinate large numbers of people at a time, so we worked with our vendors to develop MassVax.

In 2020, the private sector had a sudden, unexpected need to manage mass vaccinations. Cerner released our mass vaccination tool to the commercial sector; yet another example of how DOD is driving change."

The new single, common record will ensure that a patient's data follows them from accession through Veteran status. Both Tinston and Joers highlighted joint initiatives between DOD and VA like telehealth services and the joint health information exchange both of which are vital to effective patient care and positive health outcomes.

As Tinston noted, "We know that improved patient care is why we're doing what we're doing right now. But, what's truly exciting is the thought that we don't yet know what unexpected benefits are in store for patients in the future thanks to what we're doing today. That's the change I most look forward to seeing."

You also may be interested in...

Enterprise Intelligence Branch/MHS Population Health Portal

Presentation
8/9/2016

The first part of this presentation discusses the Enterprise Intelligence Branch, which supports the MHS strategic goals through delivery of timely, relevant, and actionable information toa ll levels of the organization. The second part describes the MHS Poulation Health Portal and shows examples.

Recommended Content:

Technology | Research and Innovation

Long Range Technical Architecture Strategy Accessible Version

Technical Document
7/28/2016

The Long Range Technical Architecture (LRTA) Strategy is a dynamic technology investment roadmap to help guide and optimize the MHS’ investments over the next decade, based on data-driven analyses. The LRTA links business needs to technical solutions and provides enterprise 'knowledge' through data democratization.

Recommended Content:

Technology

Vendor Information Form

Form/Template
7/27/2016

The Vendor Information Form provides a standard way to collect your ideas, problem statements, and/or proposed solution sets for defense health IT.

Recommended Content:

Technology

Improving Defense Health Program Medical Research Processes Update

Presentation
2/10/2016

Recommended Content:

Research and Innovation | Technology

Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems

Presentation
2/10/2016

Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems Briefing

Recommended Content:

Technology

MHS IM-IT Submission Form

Form/Template
5/18/2015

Fill out the MHS IM-IT Submission Form to submit an idea to foster change to an IM/IT capability, policy/process, or system.

Recommended Content:

Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Technology

Sustainment and Advancement of Amputee Care

Report
4/8/2015

This report provides Defense Health Board findings on amputee care and research in the Department of Defense.

Recommended Content:

Conditions and Treatments | Technology

MHS IM-IT Submissions Form Instructions

Form/Template
4/16/2014

Instructions for completing the MHS IM-IT Submissions Form. The form is used to submit an idea that fosters a change to an IM/IT capability, policy/process, or system.

Recommended Content:

Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Technology

2013 MHS Innovation Report

Report
3/3/2014

2013 Military Health System Innovation Report. This report contains information about MHS innovations in clinical care, research and development, and healthcare management. It also provides an overview of the MHS Innovation Program and information on the future of MHS innovation.

Recommended Content:

| | | Access, Cost, Quality, and Safety | Technology

Protected Health Information Management Tool (PHIMT)

Fact Sheet
10/1/2013

PHIMT stores information about Protected Health Information (PHI) disclosures, authorizations and restrictions for the Defense Health Agency.

Recommended Content:

Technology

TRICARE Encounter Data (TED)

Fact Sheet
10/1/2013

TED records, collects, verifies and tracks millions of dollars annually in purchased care claims and encounter data for TRICARE.

Recommended Content:

Technology

Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support Customer Assistance Module (DCAM)

Fact Sheet
10/1/2013

DCAM allows customers to download medical supply catalogs and place orders for medical supplies.

Recommended Content:

Technology | Medical Logistics

Defense Health Agency Update

Presentation
6/27/2013

Defense Health Agency Update presented to the Defense Health Board

Recommended Content:

Technology

Waiver of Restrictive Licensure and Privileging Procedures to Facilitate the Expansion of Telemedicine Services in the Military Health System 12-010

Policy

In order to facilitate the expansion of telemedicine services in the Military Health System, this memorandum waives selective provisions of Department of Defense 602S.13-R, "Clinical Quality Assurance in the Military Health System," June 11 , 2004. This waiver is conditioned on the specific provisions of this memorandum, and shall remain in effect, unless modified or revoked, until the cancellation and reissuance of DoD 602S.13-R, or the issuance of a Department of Defense Instruction for or including telemedicine.

  • Identification #: 12-010
  • Date: 12/21/2012
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Technology

MHS Enterprise Architecture Signed Memo and Guide 20120730

Policy

Announcement of the release of the Military Health System (MHS) Enterprise Architecture (EA) Guide. The guide supports the MHS CIO’s responsibilities for development and maintenance of EA, which complies with the Department of Defense’s responsibilities under the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, Public Law 104-106.

  • Identification #: 00-memo-2012-07-30
  • Date: 7/30/2012
  • Type: Memorandums
  • Topics: Technology
<< < ... 11 12 13 14 > >> 
Showing results 181 - 195 Page 13 of 14

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.