November 12, 2018
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

Winnebago Mental Health Institute is the First DHS Facility to Go Live with Electronic Health Records

DHS Connect is powered by Cerner

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched an electronic health records system for its seven care and treatment facilities, with Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh the first location to go live with the new program known as DHS Connect.

“DHS Connect is part of our commitment to provide high quality care to the people we serve in our seven facilities,” says DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “It will streamline the access and exchange of critical information among all staff for better-informed decision-making. This will help us protect and promote the health and safety of the people in our care.”

DHS Connect is based on solutions supplied by Cerner under a 10-year, $33 million contract signed last year. It supports key operations, including registration; admission; assessment; treatment planning, delivery, and review; order management; medication management; and discharge.

The launch follows over three years of work by DHS staff to identify the requirements for an electronic health records system, select a supplier, develop the program, and complete infrastructure upgrades to accommodate new technologies.

DHS Connect is the first single, integrated electronic health records system for Wisconsin’s centers for people with intellectual disabilities, psychiatric hospitals, and secure treatment centers. It replaces a system of paper records supplemented with various facility-specific electronic applications.

All DHS facilities are expected to be using DHS Connect by the end of 2020.

The DHS Office of Electronic Health Records Systems Management is overseeing this project and the ongoing maintenance of DHS Connect.