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*** MHS Genesis, the unified, Department of Defense electronic health records system based on Cerner's software, will expand in fiscal year 2020 to new sites including the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in southern California, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, Fort Carson in Colorado Springs and other sites. The rollout follows the initial deployments at sites in the Pacific Northwest.

The Department of Defense is in the midst of a $5.3 billion, multiyear rollout of the new system. Early reports on the system were not favorable, with struggles in areas of usability and cybersecurity. DOD is also facing the additional challenge of building a Cerner implementation plan, including data architecture and clinical workflows, alongside the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is launching its own Cerner system.

According to the Defense Department's budget request, 2020 updates to MHS Genesis will include "expanded analytics and data modeling; decision-support, integrated patient level accounting and billing functionality, and advanced prognostic competencies."

*** In order to have a qualified cybersecurity workforce, the federal government first needs to do a better job of tracking what positions are needed, according to the Government Accountability Office. About 1 in 5 IT management positions at agencies reviewed by GAO were mischaracterized and assigned a "non-IT" work role code. GAO took a closer look at the work role codes of six agencies — the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and NASA — and found more than half of a random sample were inconsistent with the roles' position descriptions.

Posted on Mar 13, 2019 at 12:40 AM


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