DHITS Conference Highlights MHS GENESIS and Health IT Awardees Across Military Health

Earlier this week, the Defense Health Information Technology Symposium (DHITS) occurred in Orlando, Florida.  The Conference featured several educational sessions and highlighted the work undertaken this year to implement MHS GENESIS, the Military Health System’s (MHS) new name for its electronic health record (EHR) system.  In addition, the Defense Health Agency announced their health IT awardees for this year. 


The discussion on MHS GENESIS focused on how the new EHR system will improve health and health care across MHS by connecting all medical and dental information, no matter where warfighters and their families are located. In addition, the leaders at DHITS stressed how a successful rollout of the system will depend on collaboration among the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the services to find system improvements. “There’s a tremendous opportunity ahead,” said Guy Kiyokawa, deputy director for DHA, while delivering a DHITS presentation. “You’re all part of that opportunity.” 


HIMSS would also like to congratulate its long-time friends and Organizational Affiliates at the Department of Defense for the following health IT awards announced at DHITS:


United States Army

  • Army Medicine Mercury Award for Information Management Civilian of the Year:

Ms. Kelly Darby from Regional Health Command Europe, Sembach, Germany. 

  • Army Medicine Mercury Award for Information Management Team of the Year:

Combat Clinical Informatics Team of the 14th Combat Support Hospital, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia.


United States Navy

  • The Navy Bureau of Medicine 2015 Captain Joan Dooling Award for Information Professional Excellence
  • Information Professional Team of the Year:

The Pacific Northwest MTF Information Management Teams from Naval Hospital Bremerton and Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.

  • Information Professional Civilian of the Year:
    Mr. Robert Dighello, Naval Medical Center San Diego
  • Information Professional Enlisted Member of the Year:
    IT3 Franklin Ryland.
  • Information Professional Officer of the Year:
    LT (Junior Grade) Nabil Tahan, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.
  • Information Professional Lifetime Achievement Award:
    Mr. Frank Bunn – for nearly 50 years of service to health IT and Navy Medicine.


United States Air Force

  • The Air Force Surgeon General’s Medical Information Services Team Award:
    The 81st Medical Support Squadron, Information Services Flight, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.