Chris Miller Expects DoD EHR Contract to Draw Multiple Bidding Teams

healthcare-systemChris Miller, executive officer for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization program, expects at least four teams of contractors to bid on the 10-year DHMSM contract, FCW reported Wednesday.

Adam Mazmanian reports the project’s goal is to build a new infrastructure for managing the electronic health records of 10 million soldiers, their families, reservists and civilian defense employees.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has partnered with EHR technology firm EPIC to pursue the contract, while Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) will lead a team comprising Hewlett-Packard and Allscripts to compete for the work.

“We wanted to build a contract structure… with incentives on the back side to make them perform the way we want, ” Miller said, according to FCW.

Pentagon officials formed the Defense Medical Information Exchange group to bring the military health system into compliance with interoperability rules, Mazmanian writes.

Capt. John Windom, a program manager at the Pentagon, told FCW the program’s industry partner should “understand the way DoD does business, and is able to respond on a moment’s notice.”

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