The Defense Department has started to formally acceptÂ bids for a multibillion dollar contractÂ to helpÂ the PentagonÂ build an integrated health records system, DoD News reported Monday.
Jim Garamone writes DoD requires the architecture to be interoperable with the Department ofÂ Veterans Affairs‘ EHR platform and with private-sector EHR systems to allow data sharing among the organizations.
DoD’sÂ release of theÂ request for proposalÂ culminates a review ofÂ more than 1, 500 comments and suggestions from industry over the past 11 months, according to Garamone’s article.
“We are not just buying an off-the-shelf system.Â We’re really looking to modernize how the department delivers healthcare, ” said Christopher Miller, executive officer for the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization program.
“Ultimately, program success will result in continued improvement in patient safety, quality of care and readiness of forces worldwide, ” Miller added, according to DoD News.
Garamone reports that DoD’s modernized EHR system is scheduled for deployment by the end of 2016 and would manage health information of more than 153, 000 military personnel and almost 10 million beneficiaries.
As previously covered on GovCon Wire, many of the GovCon industry’s largest players have partnered with healthcare firms to pursue the DHMSM program.
Click in the links below to read our stories on some of those teaming arrangements:
- Dr. Robert Wah: CSC, HP, Allscripts Team to Pursue Military Health IT Contract
- Cerner, Accenture, Leidos Join Forces for Pentagon EHR System Competition
- Andy Maner: IBM, Epic Extend Partnership to Chase DoD EHR Contract