Military Health System director: DoD's Cerner EHR will 'empower our patients'

After beginning the first phase of its new Cerner EHR rollout at Spokane, Wash.-based Fairchild Air Force Base on Feb. 7, the U.S. Department of Defense is looking to use it for patient engagement strategies, according to the Kansas City Business Journal.

Paul Cordts, MD, director of the Military Health System and Defense Health Agency, spoke to the Kansas City Business Journal regarding his hopes for the new EHR. "That's a very important concept to empower our patients, to know what data is in the medical record, and use that data to improve their health over time," he said. "That kind of sharing of information can improve safety and quality of care provided."The EHR system, which is called MHS Genesis, uses a commercial platform by Cerner. The DoD plans on fully deploying the EHR between 2018 and 2022, according to the report.

Colonel Margaret Carey, a commander with the 92nd Medical Group at Fairchild Air Force Base, agreed, adding the EHR makes it easier for patients to access their medications and providers.

"From a patient perspective, that data is flowing over seamlessly," Colonel Carey told the Kansas City Business Journal. "They can look at that after driving home. It is an excellent tool for us."

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