DoD awards contract for electronic health records
The award of the new modernization contract for electronic health records is a great opportunity to “save money, save time, and most importantly, save lives,” Christopher A. Miller, the Defense Healthcare Management Systems program executive officer said today.
In a culmination of a more than two-year effort, the Defense Department today awarded a $4.3 billion contract to Leidos, Inc. Now begins the hard part: Putting the contract in place, Miller said.
The new contract will cover more than 9.5 million Defense Department beneficiaries and the more than 205,000 care providers that support them.
The contract will improve current interoperability among the DoD, the VA and private sector health-care providers and enable each to access and update health records. The contract is based on protocols established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the DoD/VA interagency program office.
The DoD and the VA are interoperable now, said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, but this contract ensures it will continue by including future software upgrades.
Training is also included in the contract, he said.