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Defense Health Agency to Procure $1.5B Electronic Health Record System

healthcare-systemThe Defense Department‘s health services provider plans procure a $1.5 billion electronic health record system and plans to fully deploy the EHR in 2019, Nextgov reported Friday.

Bob Brewin writes the Defense Health Agency plans to test implementation of the new EHR system in 2016 at Fort Lewis, Wash. before the full deployment to more than 1, 200 military medical facilities.

DoD budget documents obtained by Nextgov also showed an increase of $70 million in the proposed DHA budget for the operation and maintenance of legacy EHR systems, which serve 9.7 million patients through 2018.

Brewin reports the DoD also plans to change the integrated EHR program it developed with the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Defense Medical Information Exchange.

The new program will build on information infrastructure and data interoperability for sharing health data between the two agencies and healthcare providers.

According to the report, development of this program is expected to cost $16 million over three years.

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