Back to Top Skip to main content

Military Health System, industry allies work together to improve health care technology

Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, assistant director for combat support at Defense Health Agency, dual-hatted as the Defense Health Agency assistant director for Combat Support and MHS EHR functional champion, and Air Force Col. Thomas Cantilina, chief health informatics officer and EHR deputy functional champion at the DHA, visit the Tiger Institute Jan. 17. (Courtesy photo by University of Missouri Health Care) Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, assistant director for combat support at Defense Health Agency, dual-hatted as the Defense Health Agency assistant director for Combat Support and MHS EHR functional champion, and Air Force Col. Thomas Cantilina, chief health informatics officer and EHR deputy functional champion at the DHA, visit the Tiger Institute Jan. 17. (Courtesy photo by University of Missouri Health Care)

Recommended Content:

Innovation | Secure Messaging | MHS GENESIS | Military Health System Electronic Health Record | Technology | Patient Safety Reporting | Combat Support

Civilian and military health informatics leaders came together recently at the University of Missouri’s Tiger Institute for Health Innovation to share their insights, experiences, and best practices on electronic record implementation as the Military Health System undergoes a significant transformation.

The Tiger Institute, located on MU’s campus in Columbia, is a unique partnership between the university’s health care system and Cerner, a global leader in health care technology. By leveraging the technology and the unique partnership with Cerner, the institute has been successful in implementing their electronic record and improving the approach to care through interoperability, interexchange of information, and management of data at the point of care.

The visit, facilitated by Cerner and the Leidos partnership, grew out of a meeting between Dr. Tom Selva, the Tiger Institute’s chief medical informatics officer and Air Force Maj. Gen. Lee Payne, who is dual-hatted as the Defense Health Agency assistant director for Combat Support and MHS EHR functional champion, while both were attending the Cerner Healthcare Conference last year in Kansas City.

“When I learned about the Tiger Institute from Dr. Selva, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for us to see what the future of health care under MHS GENESIS might look like and to learn from the Tiger Institute’s experiences,” said Payne.

“Implementing a new electronic health record is complex, but not unique to the MHS,” said Air Force Col. Thomas Cantilina, chief health informatics officer and EHR deputy functional champion at the Defense Health Agency. “A lot of what we do is just standard health care and that doesn’t change whether we wear the uniform or not, so let’s learn from industry best practices about how to do things right.”

The initial deployment of the Defense Department’s new electronic health record, MHS GENESIS, was completed in the Pacific Northwest last year. In an effort to prepare for the next phase coming in the fall, Payne was joined by Cantilina.

“They’ve been through the process of deploying their EHR, successfully gaining user adoption, and getting people to understand the value of standardizing procedures and utilizing capabilities,” said Cantilina. The meeting gave them an opportunity to discuss the challenges that come with implementing a complex EHR, including training, change management, and communication, he said.

“As we move forward with our deployment of MHS GENESIS, we want to take every opportunity to partner with institutions like the award-winning MU Health,” Payne emphasized. MU Health was awarded the prestigious HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for health care technology innovations that are improving patient outcomes.

“Like MU Health, the MHS puts patient safety at the center of all our care,” Cantilina noted. “We’re going to the best people out there and leveraging this relationship to make the best implementation possible.”

You also may be interested in...

Department of Defense Serum Repository

Infographic
8/3/2016
The Department of Defense Serum Repository is a longitudinal serum repository that serves as a central archive of sera drawn from Service members for medical surveillance purposes. As the world’s largest repository of its kind, the DoDSR has greatly contributed to a better understanding of the etiology of health conditions that would otherwise not be amenable to prospective study.  More on the DODSR  •	The DoDSR stores more than 60 million serial serum specimens from more than 10 million active duty and reserve service members throughout their careers. •	Since 1990, sera remaining after routine HIV-1 antibody testing and sera collected before and after major deployments have been forwarded to the DoDSR. •	All serial serum specimens stored in the DoDSR are linkable to data in the Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS) – the central repository of military and medical surveillance data of U.S. service members. •	At the repository, specimens are stored in precisely documented locations in walk-in freezers at -30 Celsius. •	The DoDSR adds a powerful sero epidemiological capability to overall military health surveillance with linkage of data relevant to individual characteristics, exposure states, medical events, and specimens. •	As a result, studies that used to require months to years, if feasible and affordable at all, can now be conducted in days to weeks by in-house epidemiologists.  Over time, the serum repository will increase in its value as new etiologic hypotheses are developed, as technologies for detecting biological markers in sera are improved, and as medical events accrue among aging cohorts of contributors. Follow us on Twitter for more info: @AFHSBPAGE

The Department of Defense Serum Repository is a longitudinal serum repository that serves as a cental archive of sera drawn from Service members for medical surveillance purposes.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | DoD Serum Repository | Innovation
<< < 1 > >> 
Showing results 1 - 1 Page 1 of 1

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.