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. 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:

Health Care 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...

Month of the Military Child Toolkit 2021

Publication
3/30/2021

This toolkit from the Connected Health Branch's Military Kids Connect program supports the celebration of Month of the Military Child 2021.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps

Month of the Military Child 2021 Infographic

Publication
3/30/2021

This infographic from the Military Kids Connect program supports Month of the Military Child 2021 and promotes the theme Celebrating the Mighty.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps

Guide to Digital Health Technology

Publication
3/8/2021

This guide from the Connected Health Branch provides a brief overview of digital health technology available from the Military Health System.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps | Telehealth Program

Health Technologies for Patients

Publication
3/8/2021

This chart from the Connected Health Branch gives health care providers an easy reference to identify digital health tools to support MHS beneficiaries.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps | Telehealth Program

Health Technologies for Service Members and Families

Publication
3/8/2021

This guide from the Connected Health Branch provides a brief overview to service members and military families on the digital health tools available to support them.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps | Telehealth Program

Prescription for Connected Health Interactive

Publication
3/8/2021

This interactive prescription sheet from the Connected Health Branch enables providers to recommend MHS digital health technology to their patients.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps | Telehealth Program

TRL Assessment 2020

Publication
9/22/2020

Document that describes the technology readiness level of an agency

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology

Provider Resilience Toolkit Overview

Publication
9/17/2020

Overview of the digital health resources and tools available from the Defense Health Agency supporting provider resilience.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology

Provider Resilience Self Care Guide

Publication
9/17/2020

Tips and recommendations for health care providers on self-care to promote resilience and reduce stress.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology

Provider Resilience Three Steps to Self Care

Publication
8/6/2020

This infographic outlines three primary steps in supporting self care and resilience in health care providers.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology

Virtual Health Patient FAQs

Publication
6/19/2020

Frequently asked questions for patients on the use of virtual health technology to receive health care.

Recommended Content:

Telehealth Program | Health Care Technology

Virtual Health Myth vs Fact

Publication
6/19/2020

Review of the myths and facts on the use of virtual health technology to deliver health care.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Telehealth Program

Virtual Health Provider FAQs

Publication
6/19/2020

Frequently asked questions for health care providers on the use of virtual health technology in clinical practice.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Telehealth Program

Getting Started with Adobe Connect

Publication
4/1/2020

This short Getting Started Guide helps MHS providers begin using Adobe Connect for virtual health care encounters with patients.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps | Telehealth Program

Adobe Connect Guidance for Patients

Publication
4/1/2020

A brief guide for MHS beneficiaries on best practices in using Adobe Connect for virtual health care visits with their provider.

Recommended Content:

Health Care Technology | Mobile Apps | Telehealth Program
<< < 1 2 3 4 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 4
Refine your search
Last Updated: May 11, 2022

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.