The DHIMS Electronic Health Record Showcase is one of several efforts DHIMS is initiating to close the knowledge gap and ensure EHR system users and technicians are fully leveraging the power of AHLTA at its fullest capabilities, today and well into the future.
In 2011, DHIMS EHR trainers, subject matter experts and senior leaders selected Military Treatment Facilities worldwide for the EHR Showcase. Through product demonstrations and presentations featuring the military's electronic health record, the EHR Showcase provides system's users, military leaders, health care providers, and other stakeholders with a better understanding of how the Military Health System's key capabilities, latest initiatives and successes benefit our service members and their dependents.
The EHR Showcase provides a day of knowledge sharing, informative demonstrations, and personal testimonies exhibiting how the DOD's EHR systems support health care documentation from the battlefield to the home front and on to the VA.
Download the 2012 EHR Showcase brochure. [PDF, 3 MB]
Supporting the Service Member from the Battlefield to the Home Front
The story of the DOD's EHR continuum of care is one of hope and success. The military's EHR has evolved from a simple order entry application developed more than three decades ago, to a robust, clinical information management system that supports health care documentation on the battlefield, at Military Treatment Facilities worldwide, onboard Navy ships and with the Department of Veterans Affairs for follow-on care.
In the Theater of Operations, health care documentation begins at the point of injury when first responders use AHLTA-Mobile, the DOD's handheld device. After the AHLTA-Mobile encounter is signed, that data transfers to AHLTA-Theater for clinical decision making at the next level of care.
As the service member travels through the echelons of care, health data captured using AHLTA-Theater forwards to the official database for all Theater encounters, the Theater Medical Data Store. TMDS data is aggregated to feed multiple DOD systems such as the Joint Medical Workstation giving Combatant Commanders a medical operations picture of their troops. Using this information also expedites benefit assessments with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and Veterans Tracking within the VA.
Most importantly, the service member's Theater medical encounter is accessible to health care providers at any stateside Military Treatment Facility as TMDS updates the DOD's Clinical Data Repository, which houses all service members' EHRs. The CDR and TMDS share relevant clinical information within AHLTA and the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture through the Bidirectional Health Information Exchange.
Together with the VA, the DOD is among the world leaders in exchanging non-billable health care information.
Today, our nation's military beneficiaries witness groundbreaking events as we build the systems that tell their story.
We welcome feedback from those who attended the EHR Showcase.
E-mail us at EHRShowcase@tma.osd.mil.