DoD's Cerner EHR will go live in February 2017

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After delaying its go-live in early September, the Department of Defense plans to begin deploying its new EHR, called MHS Genesis, in February 2017, according to FCW.

Fairchild Air Force Base, outside Spokane, Wash., will go live on the EHR developed by Cerner, Leidos and Accenture, according to the report.

MHS Genesis was initially scheduled to be deployed at four Pacific Northwest locations in December 2016. However, in May, an audit from the DoD's Office of the Inspector General found the timeline was unrealistic. In early September, the DoD pushed back the go-live date to 2017.

The three sites originally chosen as early test sites likely won't implement the EHR until June 2017, according to the report.

The delay has enabled the Defense Healthcare Management Systems to include additional features in the EHR, including a blood transfusion management system and a voice recognition capability, according to DHMS Executive Officer Stacy Cummings.

The DoD still plans on implementing MHS Genesis at all its scheduled sites by 2022. The $4.3 billion price tag will not change, according to Ms. Cummings.

The DoD awarded the companies the $4.3 billion contract in July 2015.

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