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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Oct. 21, 2021

BZ: MHS GENESIS goes live, and more

By Nicole Bertrand, MyCG writer

MHS GENESIS goes live. This system converts paper health records to digital ones at the Coast Guard. The “go-live” occurred Aug. 21, with the system going online for all of the Pacific Area medical center locations within the Coast Guard. It is being used throughout the military services for members. MHS Genesis facilitates medical care by allowing for easier exchange of patient records between multiple providers. The new approach to maintaining records promotes greater accuracy of health care information, as well. One of the benefits members can look forward to is the patient portal, which will provide 24/7 secure access. Patients can review some lab results, send and receive messages to and from medical providers, request prescription renewals, and obtain health-related education materials. Lt. Cmdr. Swati Singh, chief medical informatics officer, assigned to play a lead role in the eHRa program said, “MHS GENESIS will allow our medical staff to get a comprehensive picture of our patient’s health, which in turn, will ensure we provide the best care.” 

Training Center (TRACEN) Yorktown’s International Resident Training Branch recently completed an in-person course on international maritime domain awareness, and is conducting an international maritime officer course (IMOC), with 35 students from 28 countries. IMOC focuses training in international law, international criminal trends, regulatory challenges, fisheries protection, disaster management and emergency response, and various other topics, whereby students from around the world come together to learn to work as teams to develop solutions and create visions for action to take back to their countries to help combat global issues in the maritime domain; ultimately forging and strengthening critical international partnerships. The IMOC class recently visited Washington, DC, and Coast Guard Headquarters as part of a comprehensive field studies program, which provides cultural exchange for our international maritime partners.  
The IMSO at Yorktown leads resident training, as the IMSO is the first and last member that an international student interacts with during his or her training. The IMSO manages student pay, inbound and outbound travel, medical issues, and serves as the student’s primary advocate for any academic or performance issues.   
Recent visits from Republic of Cyprus, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates demonstrate Training Center Yorktown as a leader in the Coast Guard’s international relationships and international security cooperation partnerships in the 21st century. 

Congratulations to Cmdr. Melanie Burnham, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Uniformed Member Emergency Award winner. The mission of IAEM is to advance the profession by promoting the principles of emergency management; to serve its members by providing information, networking, and professional development opportunities; and to advance the emergency management profession. Burnham serves as the Incident Management Section chief for PACAREA's Operations Division. She provides oversight for all emergency management, environmental response, readiness, and incident management strategic planning direction for units throughout PACAREA's 74 million square mile area of responsibility. Burnham drives policy development to enhance response training and capability, and ensures operational readiness for oil spill response, transportation security incidents, severe weather, pandemic, and other crisis response events. In addition, Burnham provides expert facilitation of exercises and joint crisis response, while fostering cooperative interagency and port partner relationships. Burnham significantly increased the effectiveness of all training and response for the PACAREA National Incident Management System Area Command (AC), collateral duty and Reserve Incident Management Assist Teams and led the AC through two highly-active tropical storm and wildfire seasons while assigned as the deputy area commander during the unprecedented, extremely dynamic, and prolonged COVID-19 response. Burnham will be honored during the IAEM Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 18 - 21, 2021. For more information, please see Winner of the 2021 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Uniformed Member Emergency Management Award ALCOAST 384/21.

Solicitation: The GEICO Military Service Awards Program is seeking applicants. The awards program pays tribute to an active duty enlisted service member from each branch of the Armed Forces, and one enlisted member from the reserve or National Guard component, for his/her achievements and contributions to the public good of the civilian and/or military community. This annual award recognizes achievements or contributions in the following categories: drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention, and traffic safety and accident prevention. Each service winner will receive a $2,500 cash honorarium and a commemorative plaque. The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., at a location and on a date to be determined. Eligibility is open to active duty and reserve enlisted members. Email Mark Davenport or call (202) 475-5219. There is additional information in Solicitation for GEICO Military Service Award ALCOAST 379/21.