Fix Begins for DoD’s Vulnerable Health Records System

The Department of Defense began working to fix the cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered in its new electronic health records system, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. DoD formed a working group to fix the Military Healthcare System Genesis that was found last fall as “not survivable” when hit with staged attacks by military hackers and information technology specialists. 

Robert Behler, director for operational test and evaluation at DoD, said MHS Genesis is not operationally effective due to poor system performance as well as a lack of staff training and documentation. The new health records system is designed to provide healthcare services to more than 9M users at military hospitals and clinics. 

The Pentagon plans to provide $5.4B in funding to overhaul MHS Genesis. Behler said DoD hopes to solve the issues with the system and conduct more tests in 2019.

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