On April 9, 2018, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced its intent to partner with the Coast Guard to deploy its electronic health record (EHR) capability across the service’s clinics and sick bays. On June 7, 2018, the Coast Guard and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) signed an Inter-Agency Agreement that formally established the partnership to deploy MHS GENESIS. Under this transition, the service will access the DoD-hosted MHS GENESIS that the DOD as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are implementing enterprise-wide.
The Electronic Health Records Acquisition (eHRa) will modernize the Coast Guard’s healthcare 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 DoD, the VA and commercial care providers. The Coast Guard’s EHR program, once fully implemented, will service all Coast Guard clinics and sickbays – ashore and afloat.