Raquel Bono: Military Doctors, End-User Devices Among DHA’s Concerns on EHR Transition

Raquel Bono
Raquel Bono

Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has described some of her concerns on the military’s upcoming transition to a new electronic health record system an interview with Politico published Monday.

“[One] of the things we have to look at [is] whether or not the end-user devices are robust enough to support the [Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization],” Bono told Politico reporter David Pittman.

The Defense Department awarded a consortium of Leidos, Accenture and Cerner in July 2015 a potential $4.3 billion contract to integrate a commercial EHR platform across the Military Health System through the DHMSM program.

Bono noted that she is also looking into how the new EHR system adoption would affect the way military doctors handle patients.

Cerner officials have devised at least 800 workflows designed to facilitate the EHR transition for physicians deployed at hospitals, battlegrounds, submarines and other military settings, according to Politico.

DHA also plans to implement the lessons learned from initial EHR system deployments in the Pacific Northwest in future rollouts, Bono told the publication.

“We’re extremely attuned to make sure we’re on schedule,” she added.

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