MHS Genesis transition in focus during town hall

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Taylor Altier
  • 374th Airlift Wing

Leaders from the 374th Airlift Wing and 374th Medical Group met with the Yokota community Aug. 31, at Yokota Air Base, Japan, to discuss the transition to MHS GENESIS, the new electronic health record for the Military Health System.

The Yokota community gathered at the base officers’ club to learn first-hand about the new system and what the transition will look like at Yokota.

“It’s designed for the 21st century,” said Col. Andrew Roddan, 374th AW commander. “It’s designed to help you throughout your service life and beyond, but it is also designed to work with any military treatment facility, no matter the branch. There is a huge value in this system for our service members and for our families, because their medical record is consistent and available wherever they move.”

The military medical treatment facility at Yokota will officially launch MHS GENESIS on Oct. 28, which features 24/7 access to electronic health records and a digital interface for patients to schedule appointments, renew prescriptions, view laboratory and test results, and securely message their medical care team through the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal.

The transition is expected to impact Yokota patients with longer wait times for medical care, specifically including laboratory and pharmacy services. To mitigate these impacts, the 374th MDG collaborated with the Defense Health Agency to send medical professionals to Yokota and deliver hands-on training for Yokota medics.

“The MHS GENESIS transition is already over 80 percent complete at this point, the Pacific region is the final phase of implementation throughout the Department of Defense,” said Col. Gregory Richert, 374th Medical Group commander. “The program is more reliable because it has newer functions and better security, but it also standardizes workflow processes and information access across all services.”

When fully implemented, MHS GENESIS will provide a single health record for service members, veterans, and their families. The new system is currently operational at 112 military hospitals and clinics and is scheduled to be operational throughout the Pacific by the end of this year.

Patients can learn more about MHS Genesis, or ask questions regarding healthcare throughout the transition by contacting their Primary Care Manager and visiting