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More teams join chase for huge DOD health record contract

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include more information about the Leidos and IBM teams pursuing the contract.

Computer Sciences Corp. has become the latest large company to declare its intention to bid on the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization program, which is developing a new electronic health records system.

The CSC team includes Allscripts and Hewlett-Packard Co. Allscripts is a commercial software company that has an electronic health record solution.

Other teams are being led by IBM and Leidos and Lockheed Martin apparently is considering a bid.

A dollar value hasn’t been declared for the contract, but the building of an electronic health record for military personnel and their dependents has been estimated to cost into the billions of dollars.

The project is high-profile as well, and is an offshoot of the now defunct effort for DOD and Veterans Affairs to jointly build a health record that could follow a person from their treatment in the military to when they enter the VA health care system.

Because that attempt failed, DOD and VA are building separate systems, but ones that are interoperable.

That explains why in its announcement, CSC touted Allscripts' open architecture. The company also has one of the largest client bases in the health arena. Clients include the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

HP brings the team its own health care IT expertise, including work with Military Health, VA, Health and Human Services, and state government health agencies.

IBM reportedly is teaming with Epic, another electronic health record provider. The company announced its team on June 10.

Leidos' team includea Accenture and Cerner, a commercial electronic health record provider.

It looks like this contract is going to be a good example of how government contractors are pulling commercial market partners in a big way.

An industry day also was held this week. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get there, but I’ll try to get slides and other information

Federal Times article placed the value of the program at $11 billion. The program has a 10-year period of performance, and a solicitation is expected in the next three months with an award sometime in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Jun 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM


Reader Comments

Wed, Jul 2, 2014 Jared Ostrow

As a helpful guide to stakeholders in the upcoming program, Wash Tech should compile a list of all of the contractors who "supported" the DoD/VA EHR program(s) since 2000. Please list dollars, period of perf, w a performance blurb. Dare anyone list the r exults? Actually, most of the usual suspects in IT and accounting and canned SW participated. It might be a good idea to ban these companies from the future work, which is alms guaranteed to be FUBAR. The failure, from the VA side, is another notable, if secondary, management failure presided over by Gen. SHinseki. We will now see if the P&G guy can do any better. Actually, the greater impediment to success is from the gang under Chuckster Hagel, who have more advanced talents in dithering, obfuscation, and deflecting accountability. Let's up the troops, those entitled to VA care, and the taxpayers win one for a change. It is disconcerting how many $B have been flushed down the hole of the joint EHR, with no government program executives or contractors suffering for the abject failure.

Fri, Jun 27, 2014 Dennis Murphey Virginia

Has anyone studied the VA VISTA and what could be done with $1B a year for 10 years. My goodness, medical records are complicated but they are not that complicated. We have a bunch of smart folks out there that could turn VISTA into a state of the art EMR for the DoD if organized, funded and turned loose. For a heck of lot less money and produce real jobs for real people not Corp Profits for COTS products that current users complain about as it is. It seems we have lost our way since going to the Moon. We have seen Agencies manage great contributions and today they can no longer do so. I know I sound like my Grandfather from 1975, but it's true. Our Defense Brethren and Vets deserve so much more for what they have given us.

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