Cerner Provides Updates on DoD EHR System Deployment; Leidos' Jerry Hogge Quoted

Jerry Hogge

Cerner has announced that the Defense Department has started to see improvements in health care services delivery following the initial deployment of its new electronic health records platform, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Travis Dalton, president of government services at Cerner, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday the adoption of the MHS Genesis system has resulted in the decline in emergency room wait times and has increased the number of patients treated at outpatient facilities by 33 percent.

The EHR system rollout has led to the elimination of approximately 2.3K duplicate orders for laboratory tests and raised prescription refills by 65 percent since the first two months of the system's implementation.

Jerry Hogge, senior vice president for defense health at Leidos, said the company has streamlined its strategy for fielding the system to provide facilities an opportunity to better manage the pace of deployment of new capabilities in response to system issues reported in May.

Hogge told Nextgov in an email that Leidos gets daily feedback from the sites and that its revised rollout strategy seeks to ensure that “system requirements are in place and the entire workforce is informed and properly trained“ prior to the facilities’ transition to the next deployment phase.

Cerner and Leidos collaborate with Accenture on the MHS Genesis platform under a potential 10-year, $4.3B contract awarded in 2015.

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