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Coast Guard moves forward with electronic health records deployment at Pacific Area medical facilities

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The Coast Guard and the Defense Health Agency exercised a series of task orders Aug. 29, to support deployment and optimization of the electronic health records (EHR) solution, MHS GENESIS, at four Coast Guard pilot sites and 32 Pacific Area medical facilities. The task orders are the latest efforts governed by an interagency agreement (IAA) that was established between the Coast Guard and Defense Health Agency in 2018 and have a total potential value of $12 million. Deployment and optimization work will continue through August 2021.

The “pilot optimization” task within the IAA includes user support to optimize and enhance the effectiveness of MHS GENESIS at the pilot sites: Training Center Petaluma, Base Alameda, Air Station Sacramento and Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 in San Francisco. The pilot phase will be followed by a “Pacific wave” task that will support the deployment of MHS GENESIS to the service’s Pacific Area ashore clinics and sick bays and provide for change management planning, site activation deployment, data migration and user training.

The electronic health records acquisition will modernize the Coast Guard’s health care data management by acquiring an EHR solution in place of its primarily paper-based health record system. Having an EHR capability will make patient record retrieval easier and faster; reduce administrative errors; and allow electronic information exchange with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and commercial care providers. The Coast Guard’s EHR program, once fully implemented, will service all Coast Guard clinics and sick bays – ashore and afloat.

For more information: eHRa program