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Vice Adm. Raquel Bono: New MHS EHR System Key to Interoperability Between Soldiers, Health Providers

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Raquel Bono
Raquel Bono

Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has said the implementation of a new electronic health records system could help facilitate interoperability between mobile service personnel and healthcare providers.

DHA said Friday Bono said during her keynote speech at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event that the Military Health System will begin to launch the MHS Genesis EHR system in February in the Pacific Northwest with a plan to fully roll out the system within six years.

“We had a wonderful exchange in building the requirements for this with industry,” Bono said of the EHR platform at AFCEA Bethesda, Maryland chapter’s Health IT Day 2016.

“It really alerted us to some of the solutions that were out there we were looking for, recognizing that we have some unique challenges with our globally distributed patient population and also our providers and military treatment facilities,” she added.

MHS has delayed the launch of the MHS Genesis system from December to February due to technical and compatibility issues identified during early tests.

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