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Genesis of MHS GENESIS

MHS GENESIS is the new, modern electronic health record for the Military Health System. Over the years, the electronic health record has endured improvements, congressional mandates, and has evolved from 1979 into the health record for military service members, families and retirees today. 

The deployment of MHS GENESIS began in the Pacific Northwest with the Click to closeInitial Operating CapabilityMadigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Naval Hospital Bremerton at Naval Station Bremerton, WA; Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA; and the 92nd Medical Group, Fairchild Air Force Base, WA.Initial Operating Capability followed by 25 unique waves encompassing military hospitals and clinics in the United States. In September 2023, MHS GENESIS will begin to deploy to military hospitals and clinics in the European and Indo-Pacific regions.

Explore the story of MHS GENESIS from its beginnings and as each milestone is achieved.

MHS GENESIS Timeline Primary Graphic

 

1979 DOD Begins Electronic Health Care Documentation

GENESIS 1979

In 1979, the Department of Defense started its journey toward electronic health care documentation with computerized physician order entry which allowed physicians to record prescribed medications and view alerts for drug allergies or adverse interactions

1988 - 1992 Composite Health Care System

GENESIS 1988 1992

The Composite Health Care System development began in 1988. The Department of Defense's initial health record system made the technological leap from paper to electronic order entry. It also focused on delivering a military treatment facility-centric electronic health record that supported computerized physician order entry and integrated outpatient ancillary services. CHCS worlwide deployment began in 1992.

1996 Composite Health Care System Goes Global

GENESIS 1996

The Composite Health Care System was deployed worldwide in 1996. CHCS integrated laboratory, radiology and pharmacy; and provided the first hospital-centric clinical support system.

1997 Electronic Health Record Conceived

GENSIS 1997

The end of the Gulf War resulted in recognition that an electronic health record was needed. President Bill Clinton directed creation of "a new Force Health Protection program. Every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine will have a comprehensive, life-long medical record..."

1998 - 2003 Composite Health Care System II

GENESIS 1998 2003

The concept of the Composite Health Care System II is born. CHCS II would become the largest system of its kind designed to use structured documentation to collect patient health care information. By 2003, CHCS II deployed to seven facilities for operational testing.

2004-05 Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application

GENESIS 2004 2005

The Composite Health Care System II deployed worldwide in 2004 and was rebranded as the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application. Today, AHLTA is still in use in 77 military treatment facilities.

2007 Essentris® is Launched

GENESIS 2007

Essentris®, the military’s inpatient electronic health record, was first launched at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany in 2007 as a counterpart to the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application. Essentris provides worldwide documentation of inpatient care for all beneficiaries and a secure, bidirectional data system link for real-time, viewable electronic health information between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

2008 Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application 3.3

GENESIS 2008

Worldwide deployment of the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application 3.3 begins. The software was enhanced based on user requests and lessons learned, and improvements focused on upgrading operational availability, speed, provider capabilities and interoperability with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

2008-09 Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application Improved

GENESIS 2008 2009

The services added their own input to Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application improvements. The Army created the MEDCOM AHLTA Provider Satisfaction program, or MAPS, which made it possible for providers to reduce time required to record notes. The Navy piloted voice recognition and spell check software applications. The Air Force launched the Clinical Optimization Military Provider AHLTA Satisfaction Strategy, or COMPASS, which focused on streamlining the workflow process.

2009 11 Plans Begin for a new Electronic Health Record

GENESIS 2009 2011

To expedite Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs interoperability efforts, Congress mandated in the FY2008 NDAA that the DOD and VA establish a joint interagency program office to act as a single point of accountability in the development of the electronic health record. As work progressed, it became increasingly clear that the architecture of the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application wouldn't provide a suitable platform for a joint EHR. Plans begin for a new EHR. In March 2011, the DOD and VA recommitted to the joint common EHR platform known as the integrated EHR (iEHR).

2013 Seamless Transfer of Information Across Departments

GENESIS 2013

On Feb. 5, 2013, the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, announced changes in their approach to increasing interoperability between the Departments. Joint actions were identified to accelerate seamless transfer of information across the Departments and replace systems by using a "core" set of applications from existing electronic health record technology. The DOD announces that it is reviewing available commercial and governmental options and the VA decided to use VistA as its core.

2015 EHR Rebranded as MHS GENESIS

GENESIS 2015

The Department of Defense awards Cerner, Leidos, Henry Schein and Accenture the electronic health record contract, and the EHR is branded as MHS GENESIS.

2017-19 MHS GENESIS Goes Live in Pacific Northwest

GENESIS 2017 2019

In 2017, the Click to closeInitial Operating CapabilityMadigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Naval Hospital Bremerton at Naval Station Bremerton, WA; Naval Health Clinic Oak Harbor, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA; and the 92nd Medical Group, Fairchild Air Force Base, WA.Initial Operating Capability sites go live in the Pacific Northwest with MHS GENESIS. The new, modern electronic health record for patients and health care professionals is designed to transfer a beneficiary's medical information within the Military Health System and with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lessons learned are recorded from the IOC sites for future deployments.

2019 MHS GENESIS Goes Live in California MTFs

GENESIS 2019

On Sept. 7, 2019, MHS GENESIS went live at military treatment facilities in California at Travis Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Lemoore, and the Presidio of Monterey, and at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, as part of Click to closeWave TRAVISDavis Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, CA; 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID; Naval Health Clinic Lemoore at Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA; and the Presidio of Monterey Army Health Clinic, Presidio of Monterey, CA.Wave TRAVIS, named for the largest wave participant site. Lessons learned from the Initial Operational Capability sites, rigorous testing and improvements to training and change management played a huge role in the successful deployment at those four sites. 

2020 MHS GENESIS Goes Live at MTFs in California

GENESIS Sept 2020

On Sept. 26, 2020, MHS GENESIS went live at military treatment facilities in California at Beale Air Force Base, Edwards Air Force Base, Fort Irwin, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Port Hueneme Naval Base, and Vandenberg Air Force Base and in Nevada at Nellis Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Fallon as part of Click to closeWave NELLIS Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital at Nellis Air Force Base, NV; Weed Army Community Hospital at Fort Irwin, CA; Robert R. Bush Naval Hospital at MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA; China Lake Branch Clinic at NAWS China Lake, CA; Dewert Medical Clinic at MCMWTC Bridgeport, CA; 9th Medical Group at Beale Air Force Base, CA; 412th Medical Group at Edwards Air Force Base, CA; 61st Medical Group at Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA; 30th Medical Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA; Naval Branch Medical Clinic, Port Hueneme, CA; and the Naval Branch Health Clinic Fallon, Naval Air Station Fallon, CA.Wave NELLIS, named for the largest wave participant site. The new MHS GENESIS Patient Portal allows TRICARE beneficiaries to exchange secure messages with their care team; schedule medical and (active-duty) dental appointments online; and access notes, labs and medications, and request prescription renewals online.

2020 MHS GENESIS Deployed at Wave PEDLETON locations

GENESIS Oct 2020

On Oct. 31, 2020, MHS GENESIS deployed at Click to closeWave PENDLETONNaval Hospital Camp Pendleton at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA; 1st Dental Battalion at MCB Camp Pendleton, CA; 673rd Medical Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK; Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright, AK and the 354th Medical Group at Eielson Air Force Base, AK.Wave PENDLETON locations, including military treatment facilities in California at Camp Pendleton and in Alaska at Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, after months of extensive preparation, undertaken while also navigating through a global pandemic. The transition included intensive training for staff, internal infrastructure changes, communicating to beneficiaries, and equipment upgrades, all completed while continuing to serve those who serve.

2021 MHS GENESIS Deployed at Wave SAN DIEGO

GENESIS Sept 2021

On Feb. 26, 2021, MHS GENESIS deployed at Click to closeWave SAN DIEGO Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA and the 1st Dental Battalion at NMC San Diego, CA.Wave SAN DIEGO. This wave consists of Naval Medical Center San Diego and its ancillary clinics across Southern California; and 1st Dental Battalion. NMCSD is the largest military medical treatment facility to deploy the new electronic health record to date. The transition included intensive training for staff, internal infrastructure changes, communicating to beneficiaries, and equipment upgrades, all completed while continuing to serve those who serve.

2021 MHS GENESIS Nearly 30% Complete

GENESIS 2021

On April 24, 2021, the Military Health System deployed the MHS GENESIS electronic health record to 25 military hospitals and clinics across 12 states, bringing the MHS GENESIS deployment to nearly 30% complete. MHS GENESIS offers a single system to provide improved access to health care information, and enables a more efficient and timely delivery of care. Click to closeWave CARSON+Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, CO; 21st Medical Group at Peterson Space Force Base, CO; 60th Medical Group, Buckley Space Force Base, CO; 10th Medical Group, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO; 21st Medical Group at Schriever Space Force Base, CO; Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth, KS; Gen. Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, KS; 28th Medical Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD; 90th Medical Group at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, WY; 22nd Medical Group at McConnell Air Force Base, KS; 509th Medical Group at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO; Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center at Fort Huachuca, AZ; 27th Special Ops Medical Group at Cannon Air Force Base, NM; 355th Medical Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ; 319th Medical Group at Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND; 49th Medical Group at Hill Air Force Base, UT; 377th Medical Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM; 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base, AZ; 341st Medical Group at Malmstrom Air Force Base, MT; 5th Medical Group at Minot Air Force Base, ND; 55th Medical Group at Offutt Air Force Base, NE; Naval Health Clinic Yuma at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ; Dugway Proving Grounds, UT; Tooele Army Depot Army Health Center at Tooele Army Depot, UT; and Yuma Proving Grounds Health Clinic at Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ.Wave CARSON+ is the largest deployment to date. This fall, Click to closeWave TRIPLERTripler Army Medial Center in Honolulu, HI; Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, Makalapa at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI; 15th Medical Group at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI; Desmond Doss Clinic at Schofield Barracks, HI; and Branch Health Clinic Kaneohe Bay at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, HI.Wave TRIPLER in Hawaii will go live.

2021 MHS GENESIS Deployed at TRIPLER

GENESIS Sept 2021

On Sept. 25, 2021, MHS GENESIS arrived in paradise with Click to closeWave TRIPLERTripler Army Medial Center in Honolulu, HI; Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, Makalapa at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI; 15th Medical Group at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI; Desmond Doss Clinic at Schofield Barracks, HI; and Branch Health Clinic Kaneohe Bay at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, HI.Wave TRIPLER! Military hospitals and clinics in Hawaii now using the Military Health System’s new electronic health record include Tripler Army Medical Center, the 15th Medical Group at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the Desmond Doss Health Clinic at Schofield Barracks, the Naval Medical Clinics-Hawaii and 3rd Dental Company both located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. MHS GENESIS provides enhanced and secure technology to assist beneficiaries in managing their health information.

2022 MHS GENESIS Deployed at Waves BAMC and LACKLAND

GENESIS Jan 2022

On Jan 22, 2022, MHS GENESIS deployed to hospitals and clinics in Waves BAMC and LACKLAND, including the largest military medical center in the Military Health System. The Brooke Army Medical Center, along with hospitals and clinics at Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Dyess Air Force Base, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Laughlin Air Force Base, and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. In 2022, MHS GENESIS will deploy to an additional 47 military hospital and clinic commands in eight more ‘Waves’.

2022 MHS GENESIS Deployed at Waves BRAGG & HOOD

MHS GENESIS launches at Wave Bragg

On March 19, 2022, Waves BRAGG & HOOD consisting of 14 military hospital and clinic commands across five states deployed MHS GENESIS. Adding in Fort Liberty (formerly Fort Bragg), Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, 2nd Dental Battalion, Fort Cavazos (formerly Fort Hood), Fort Johnson (formerly Fort Polk), Fort Sill, Barksdale Air Force Base, Little Rock Air Force Base, Tinker Air Force Base, Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base and Naval Air Station Belle Chasse increased the total number of military hospital and clinic commands to 68, and also reached the halfway point for total military hospital and clinic commands currently using the new electronic health record system.

2022 MHS GENESIS Deployed at Waves BEAUMONT and GORDON

GENESIS June 2022

In June 2022, the Military Health System increased the number of military hospital and clinic commands using MHS GENESIS to 73 as Waves BEAUMONT and GORDON deployed the new electronic health record. The MHS added Fort Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base,  Fort Gordon, Fort Moore, (formerly Fort Benning), Fort Stewart, Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany to the list of bases. Eleven “Waves” are currently preparing to deploy the new EHR.

2022 MHS GENSIS Deployed at Waves EGLIN & JACKSONVILLE

GENESIS Sept 2020

On Sept. 24, 2022, three days before Hurricane Ian made landfall on the west coast of Florida and subsequently impacted South Carolina, Waves EGLIN & JACKSONVILLE deployed MHS GENESIS. These two large waves added in 23 more military hospitals and clinics at Eglin Air Force Base (2), Naval Air Station Pensacola (2), Patrick Space Force Base, Tyndall Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker), Redstone Arsenal, Keesler Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base, Columbus Air Force Base, Fort Moore (formerly Fort Benning), Fort Gordon, Jacksonville Naval Complex, Fort Jackson, Charleston Air Force Base, Naval Weapons Station Charleston, MacDill Air Force Base, Moody Air Force Base, Robins Air Force Base, Shaw Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The Military Health System has now completed deployment to 92 of 138 MTF Commands.

2023 MHS GENESIS Deployed at Waves DRUM & PORTSMOUTH

GENESIS Jan 2023

In January 2023, Waves DRUM & PORTSMOUTH deployed MHS GENESIS to nine military military hospitals and clinics across six states. These two waves included facilities at: Fort Drum and the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) in New York; Dover Air Force Base in Delaware; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey; Naval Station Newport, in Rhode Island; Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts; and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. As of January 2013, the Military Health System has completed deployment to 103 military hospitals and clinics across the United States.

2023 MHS GENESIS Goes Live in National Capital Region

GENESIS March 2023

On March 25, 2023, MHS GENESIS deployed to military hospitals and clinics in the National Capital Region. Click to closeWave WALTER REEDWalter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, MD.Wave WALTER REED & Click to closeWave BELVOIRAlexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center at Fort Belvoir, VA; 779th Medical Group at Joint Base Andrews, MD; Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade, MD; 316th Medical Group at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, MD; Naval Health Clinic at the U.S. Naval Academy, MD; Naval Health Clinic at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD; and Naval Health Clinic Quantico, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.Wave BELVOIR went live simultaneously and include: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda; Facilities on Fort Belvoir; Fort Meade; the U.S. Naval Academy; Joint Base Andrews; Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling; Naval Air Station Patuxent River; Marine Corps Base Quantico; and Local National Guard and Reserve units.

Wave WRIGHT-PATTERSON Concludes U.S. Deployments

MHS GENESIS June 2023 7 Deployments

On June 3, 2023, MHS GENESIS went live at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Kenner Army Health Clinic, Scott Air Force Base, Sheppard Air Force Base, and the Naval Branch Health Clinic Crane. These seven deployments in Wave WRIGHT-PATTERSONH conclude the installations of the new electronic health record for all U.S.-based military hospitals and clinics. Now, only overseas hospitals and clinics await deployment of the new EHR.

First Overseas MHS GENESIS Deployment

MHS GENESIS 2023 Sept - Europe

On July 23, 2023  MHS GENESIS was deployed to the first two overseas waves. Wave LAKENHEATH consisted of military hospitals and clinics at RAF Lakenheath, Aviano Air Base, Ramstein Air Base, Incirlik Air Base, Naval Hospital Naples, Naval Hospital Rota, and Naval Hospital Sigonella. Wave LANDSTUHL added military hospitals and clinics at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Ramstein Air Base, MEDDAC-Bavaria, and Spangdahlem Air Base.

Final Overseas MHS GENESIS Deployment

MHS GENESIS Final Deployment Oct 2023

On Oct. 28, 2023, the final MHS GENESIS “wave” deployed to multiple sites in the Pacific Rim. Wave OKINAWA consisted of hospitals and clinics at Kadena Air Base, Misawa Air Base, Yokota Air Base, Camp Zama, Naval Hospital Okinawa, 3rd Dental Battalion, Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, and Yokosuka Naval. Wave GUAM / SOUTH Korea added more hospital and clinics at Kunsan Air Base, Osan Air Base, and Camp Humphries. The deployment to Andersen Air Base and Naval Hospital Guam has been delayed to the impacts of Super Typhoon Mawar.

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Last Updated: December 29, 2023
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