New Electronic Health Record Will be Key to Doctor/Nurse/Patient Communications

The success of health care depends on the ability of patients to interact with doctors, nurses and providers. And that success in the future will include streamlining and enhancing the effectiveness of electronic devices and the electronic health records that connect everyone, including patients.  The Military Health System’s new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS, will be a key to helping conversations between medical personnel and patients, no matter where people are located.

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Military and VA Health Systems Work Together to Help Vets

The Military Health System (MHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are cooperating more closely than ever.  Focusing initially on wounded warriors, the goal is to streamline the system to make sure vets, service members and their families are well served as the population ages.  The past year has seen significant strides enabling MHS and VA care coordinators to more seamlessly collaborate and share information to align care.

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Military Health System and VA to Share Electronic Health Records

On June 1st, health records will be shared electronically throughout the entire Military Health System (MHS) plus the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal and private sector partners.  The system gives health care providers easier ways to share important information, such as prescriptions, allergies, previously documented illnesses, lab and radiology results, and past medical procedures.

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Military Health System Leader Departs

For the past five and a half years, Dr. Jonathan Woodson has led the Military Health System (MHS) through monumental changes. But at the end of April, the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs is stepping down as the leader and senior medical official of the $50 billion per year enterprise that includes nearly 150,000 uniformed and civilian personnel and almost a thousand medical and dental facilities serving 9.4 million beneficiaries worldwide.

Read more about the state of the MHS he leaves behind: http://1.usa.gov/1VXieBe

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New Military Health System Joint Outpatient Experience Survey

Later this year, the Military Health System will roll out a unified outpatient survey system – a single survey for all military treatment facilities across all services. The Joint Outpatient Experience Survey will combine and standardize long-standing methods used by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Health Agency/National Capital Region to learn about beneficiary health care experiences with the goal of making them better.

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Military Health System – New Electronic Health Records

The new system to transform military health records will be called MHS GENESIS and will launch at the end of this year. To keep pace with medical advances and innovations in technology, the Electronic Health Record will  support the mission to provide high quality healthcare to beneficiaries, as well as an agile, responsive system for health professionals.

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Defense Health Agency Improving Health Info/Management Systems

The Director of the Defense Health Agency says information technology will play a critical role in the continuing process of making the Military Health System a high-reliability organization by providing a platform to track the vital data needed to make solid decisions.  Not only will health care professionals be able to access and draw on the data, but patients will have equal access to that so they can be full participants in their own health care journey.

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The Importance of Family Medical History

A recent Military Health System/Defense Health Agency article emphasizes the importance of family medical history.  A medical history about a patient’s family members, primarily parents and siblings, can offer insight into potential health issues.  The history can indicate genetic predisposition to possible ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and colon and other cancers. The information also alerts doctors to rarer disorders which may run in the family.  Doctors gain valuable insight from such information and it can help them decide if certain tests are necessary …

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Operation Live Well

The Department of Defense’s Operation Live Well program aims to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community.  This month, the Military Health System is focusing on overall health and wellness through a variety of programs.

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Defense Health Agency Achievements

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) had a busy year in 2015. Reaching full operating capability, changing leadership, welcoming new organizations, and ensuring beneficiaries have the medicines and care they need.

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