On Oct. 21, Madigan Army Medical Center will become the first large military hospital to transition to the Department of Defenses unified electronic health record, MHS GENESIS.The $4.3 billion system will, for the first time, enable all military branches to use one electronic health record. By the time that MHS GENESIS is fully implemented throughout all of the DOD, patients records will be accessible at any military treatment facility regardless of branch.Madigan is a part of the first wave of military treatment facilities to begin using this new system, joining other military bases in the state Fairchild Air Force Base, Naval Hospital Oak Harbor and Naval Hospital Bremerton as the pilot sites for MHS GENESIS.Madigan was selected because we have a tri-service representation in this area with a large active-duty population as well, said Col. Eric Shry, Madigans site lead for MHS GENESIS. We also have a history of forward-looking activities in the area of informatics and health information technology, leading things forward such as DOD (and Veterans Affairs) interoperability, new and emerging technologies, and technologies that impact medical care delivery for corpsmen, medics and forward-deployed medical personnel in all three services.

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