The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to adopt the Defense Department’s electronic health record system — known as the Genesis of the Military Health System — as soon as next summer, according to the federal agency overseeing the implementation of the Oracle Cerner software.

The move was first announced by Laura Prietula, deputy chief information officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Integration Office, who said during October 25 FCW an event that Modernization of the federal electronic health record office — or FEHRM — “worked with NOAA” to get them on board with Oracle’s integrated Cerner EHR platform.

The FEHRM office is tasked with overseeing the implementation of an integrated EHR system across VA, DOD, and the US Coast Guard. All three federal agencies are deploying Oracle Cerner’s EHR software to streamline access to health records by active-duty service members and veterans, though the Department of Defense and Coast Guard use a version known as MHS Genesis, while the VA uses one known as Millennium .

Corey Hughes, a spokesman for FEHRM, said nextgov that the office is “coordinating efforts after a robust functional analysis to bring NOAA providers/clinicians to the single common federal EHR currently used by VA, DOD, and the US Coast Guard.”

“For NOAA, our Leidos defense healthcare partnership will implement MHS GENESIS as a standard package,” Hughes added.

Although NOAA has approximately 12,000 employees in the US, it also supports a Officer Corps this includes officers who “pilot NOAA vessels, fly aircraft, manage research projects, conduct diving operations, and serve in staff positions at NOAA.”

NOAA spokeswoman Kate Silverstein said nextgov that “The agency’s Office of Maritime and Aviation Operations will use the Department of Defense’s MHS Genesis electronic health record system to manage records for NOAA’s officer corps.”

“The system meets security requirements for the health records of NOAA’s uniformed service members and integrates with the medical care system used by all uniformed service personnel,” Silverstein added.

While NOAA said there is “no timeline for implementation at this point,” FEHRM said NOAA’s “deployment is targeted for summer 2023.”

Both EHR systems – MHS Genesis and Millennium – are developed and maintained by Cerner, which is acquired by Oracle in June. DOD has begun work on the MHS Genesis platform in 2015, and the Coast Guard announced in 2018 that it would join DOD’s EHR system. The VA signed a 10-year, $10 billion contract with Cerner in 2018 to develop its own EHR system that will be integrated with MHS Genesis.

DOD announced last Thursday that it had deployed MHS Genesis to “more than half of all [military health system] providers” and plans to have the EHR system “deployed in 138 military hospital and clinic commands worldwide” by the end of 2023.

Meanwhile, the VA has faced significant delays in implementing its Millennium EHR system, which has been implemented at five medical facilities since 2020. The department announced earlier this month that it is extending the implementation delay of its EHR system until June 2023 to address ongoing technical and system performance issues. 13 Oct message came after the VA in July delayed the rest of its planned 2022 rollouts until early next year to address patient care issues, system outages and performance issues that have hampered EHR system deployments.



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