New Military Health System software enhances Army medical readiness capability

By 1st Lt. Sebastian PalominoSeptember 19, 2022

MHS GENESIS enhances medical readiness capability
Maj. Miguel Ordonez, physician assistant, 1st Armored Division Artillery, evaluates a patient as Spc. Mazza, medic, 1st Armored Division Artillery, documents the evaluation at Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 4, 2022. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Sebastian Palomino) (Photo Credit: Maj. Jessica Rovero) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — The U.S. military continues to modernize software and programs across its formations enabling medical providers and patients to securely access information when needed; one of these systems is Military Health System, or MHS, GENESIS.

MHS GENESIS is the relatively new electronic system for the Military Health System that the Defense Health Agency implemented across the Department of Defense to maximize efficiency with minimal interference in medical care and to allow medical providers to enhance transparent communication across all medical services in the garrison and operational environments.

“This new software allows us to conduct labs, imaging, and enter referrals to other medical providers within a single platform,” said Maj. Miguel Ordonez, physician assistant, 1st Armored Division Artillery.

Since this software is shared with other medical services and providers, there is no break in communication for new or historical patient evaluations, which the Joint Legacy Viewer, or JLV, facilitates. JLV is a program that is integrated into the MHS GENESIS software enabling medical providers to pull historical information for a patient, regardless of whether it was from a previous electronic medical record software or hardware system.

The JLV also integrates itself with the Department of Veteran Affairs, which allows present or past service members to receive a multitude of medical services upon their transition from the military. Additionally, the new MHS GENESIS will promote a stronger synergetic relationship between military medical treatment facilities and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

According to Ordonez, medical readiness classification historically presented itself to be a challenge in an operational setting; however, MHS GENESIS can assist in maintaining a strong medical readiness posture for all service members in a formation. If a service member is overdue for their physical health assessment, they are now able to finish the first portion and then visit the unit’s aid station to complete part two of the evaluation. Upon completion, as needed, the medical provider can immediately refer patients to any follow-on resources beyond primary care, a key difference from how we previously performed this process.

MHS GENESIS extends the capabilities of the primary care provider in a field environment. Therefore, medical providers no longer have to wait to return to garrison to enter a referral, and there is limited interruption in a service member’s medical care between the field and garrison environments. This capability assists the chain of command in maintaining and improving medical readiness for their Soldiers, regardless of the operational environment.

“This means that additional physical health assessments, patient care and referrals no longer have to wait until we have returned to a garrison environment, but can now be exercised in any field environment thanks to the MHS GENESIS,” said Ordonez.

1st Armored Division Artillery took advantage of this capability and completed physical health assessments while deployed to Fort Irwin. They capitalized on the opportunity to improve their medical readiness while conducting training in the field environment, improving overall unit readiness in more ways than one.