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Captain James Ellzy on MHS GENESIS and How Military Care is Changing: The Cerner Podcast, Ep. 45

Published on 11/7/2017

MHS GENESIS, the military’s modernized electronic health record system, is live at several sites included in the Initial Operating Capability (IOC) deployment phase of the U.S. military’s defense health record modernization. At the end of 2017, Madigan Army Medical Center will be the fourth go-live site in the IOC. 

The IOC region was chosen by the Department of Defense as a testing ground for the new MHS GENESIS system because of the range in size of facilities, from a 25-patient bed clinic to a full-scale military hospital, and because of its inclusion of Army, Navy and Air Force. MHS GENESIS, which leverages Cerner’s commercial EHR, will change the way care is delivered in the military – not only for the patient, but also for the end users, including practitioners and clinicians. 

In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we hear from Captain James Ellzy, deputy program executive officer for the program executive office with the U.S. Defense Healthcare Management System. CAPT Ellzy has been practicing family medicine for more than 20 years, and previously served as Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the U.S. Navy.  

In this episode, CAPT Ellzy answers the following questions: 

  • The IOC deployment is in full swing. As the new EHR is rolled out throughout the IOC, what are some impacts you are already beginning to see, whether to practitioner performance or general improvement in patient care? 
  • Lights On Network® is and advanced EMR analytics solution that has offered organizations a deep level of knowledge-driven analysis designed to help them get the most from their electronic health record. CAPT Ellzy, based on the outcomes from post-go live evaluations and Lights On data, what tweaks are being made to military health operations, workflows or clinical guidelines locally that will then be standardized across the enterprise, as additional military treatment facilities are brought online? 
  • In February on the Cerner Podcast, we spoke with Dr. Brian Jones, user integration branch chief at the Defense Health Agency, about how leadership and health providers were preparing for the transition to MHS GENESIS. Can you tell us a little more about defense health’s change management model and your training process for this project? 
  • How do you think that change process is helping with the MHS GENESIS roll-out, and do you foresee any challenges with adoption coming up as the military prepares to deploy the system across the country and overseas? 
  • After Madigan Army Medical Center is online and the IOC phase is complete, what are the near-term next steps with the deployment of MHS GENESIS?  

Listen to the full episode below, or click here to view all episodes of The Cerner Podcast