DoD rolls out global EMR for 9.6M patients

In a process that has taken more than 23 years, the Department of Defense finally completed a worldwide rollout of a clinical documentation system working with San Diego-based CliniComp International at 59 military inpatient treatment facilities. Thirty-six of those facilities were completed in just under two years.

The CliniComp Essentris EMR is being used by 24,000 physicians to provide care to 9.6 million beneficiaries within the Military Health System. More than 5,500 beds will be covered.

The system also allows the DoD inpatient discharge summary to be accessed by 147 medical centers run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) via the Bidirectional Health Information Exchange (BHIE), a real-time, two-way look into a patient's electronic health information.

CliniComp's long-term relationship with the DoD began in 1987 with the first EMR installation at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The company is expected to continue to provide health IT software used by service members and their families, according to Kelley Malott, vice president of CliniComp's Federal Systems.

For more information:
- view the Government Health IT article
- see the CliniComp International's announcement

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