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Henry Schein, Leidos team up to modernize military health records

December 01, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin and David Burger

Tacoma, Wash. — When the U.S. Department of Defense announced in 2014 it was looking to modernize military health records, the team at Henry Schein believed its dental practice management software, Dentrix Enterprise, would work.

For years, the software has been used by dentists, federally qualified health centers, the Indian Health Services, community health centers and other government agencies for its ability to centralize information in a single database as well as its compatibility with many medical systems.

In November, Dentrix Enterprise served as the foundation for MHS GENESIS, which was successfully deployed at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. The installation, training and support of MHS GENESIS is seen as an important step in delivering an electronic health record to support health and dental care delivery to 9.4 million members of the Armed Forces.

Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company, landed the prime contract for the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization program, and partnered with Henry Schein, health information technology company Cerner and global management firm Accenture Federal Services.

Upon the program's completion, MHS GENESIS will integrate inpatient and outpatient solutions that will connect all military services' medical and dental information across the continuum of care, according to Health.mil, the official website of the Military Health System. "When fully deployed, MHS GENESIS will provide a single health record for service members, veterans, and their families," the website said.

Previously Henry Schein worked with Leidos to bring the Indian Health Services the electronic health record.

The DOD was looking for a commercial solution they could use in all branches of the military, said Kevin Bunker, president, Henry Schein North America Dental Practice Solutions. They didn't want anything highly customized, he added, saying that the goal was to create an integrated system and streamline the records process for military service members.

According to Henry Schein, Dentrix has been the leading dental practice management software for 25 years and serves more dentists in the United States than any other electronic dental health care product.
 
"It is a privilege to belong to this important partnership to improve the health and medical readiness of our military," Mr. Bunker said. "At a time when we're learning more and more about the impact that oral health has on overall health, having a complete picture of health — which includes dental — is critical for our military service men and women."

To learn more about MHS GENESIS, visit https://health.mil/mhsgenesis.