IBMÂ (NYSE: IBM) and Epic have formed a Military Health System advisory group to provide industry best practices in support of the team’s contract bid for the modernization of the Defense Department‘s healthcare management system.
A press releaseÂ posted ThursdayÂ onÂ FierceHealthIT stated that the group will help guide the IBM-Epic team in the implementation of an electronic health records system, including care delivery, governance, training and analytics.
“Transforming care is about so much more than standards and technology, ” saidÂ Andy Maner, managing partner ofÂ IBM’s U.S. federal business.
“Having an ecosystem of experts ready to provide expertise at the outset of [program]Â will prove to be invaluable.”
The advisory group includesÂ industry professionals from companies orÂ organizationsÂ such asÂ Sentara Healthcare, American Medical Informatics Association, Â Partners HealthCare, Mercy HealthÂ and Mount Sinai Health System, as well as veterans acting as patient champions.
IBM and Epic announced their partnership in JuneÂ to pursue DoD’s EHR modernization contract, whichÂ seeks an interoperable health IT system thatÂ can facilitate data sharing with the Department of Veterans Affairs and private-sector healthcare providers.
The three other teams bidding onÂ the contract are:
- CSCÂ (NYSE: CSC), HPÂ (NYSE: HPQ) and Allscripts
- CernerÂ (NASDAQ: CERN), AccentureÂ (NYSE: ACN) and LeidosÂ (NYSE: LDOS)
- PwC, General DynamicsÂ (NYSE: GD), DSS and Medsphere