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Pentagon’s Testing Office Offers Recommendations to Facilitate MHS Genesis EHR System Deployment

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A report from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) office of the Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) recommends that the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness provide the Defense Health Agency (DHA) with sufficient resources to support continued training, content development and other assistance during the deployment and sustainment of the MHS Genesis electronic health records system.

The DOT&E’s fiscal year 2020 annual report also recommends that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) allow the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and DOT&E to help with operational testing of early deployment of MHS Genesis at VA.

The program office should continue to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities, improve interoperability and conduct latency and periodic capacity assessments during the EHR system’s future deployments, according to the report.

The recommendations were made based on observations from the follow-on operational test and evaluation of MHS Genesis at four military medical treatment facilities in California and Idaho as well as adversarial and cooperative vulnerability and penetration assessments.

The report listed Leidos, Cerner, Accenture Federal Services and Henry Schein as major contractors on the MHS Genesis program.