Vangent hastens access to DOD medical records

MHS practitioners will provide better battlefield-to-hospital care

Vangent Inc. will make it easier for Defense Department health care providers to access patient records and other data through a $20 million contract.

The DOD award calls for Vangent to build an integrated single sign-on (SSO) and context management capability throughout the Military Health System.

The new capability will give military doctors and other DOD health care professionals a streamlined, efficient and secure method of accessing patient information and clinical data, according to a company statement.

The aim is to improve the care of wounded soldiers by ensuring up-to-date information about the right patient at the right time, from the battlefield – or theater – to military hospitals around the world. As a result, patient care is expected to increase in quality and be provided sooner, the statement said.

In the first phase of the contract, Vangent will deploy the DOD Enterprise Solution for SSO and context management to medical practitioners in theaters of operations.

The capability will provide better quality of care for soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen injured in combat.

When fully deployed, the DOD’s enterprise SSO and context management capability will be used by an estimated 90,000 military doctors and clinicians in the U.S. and abroad.

The new capability also will be deployed at the federal health care center in Chicago, making the facility the nation’s first integrated federal health care center with a single governance structure and a shared mission where medical professionals from DOD and the Veterans Affairs Department will work together, the Vangent statement said.

Vangent is being supported by subcontractors HP Enterprise Services, formerly EDS Corp., and Akimeka LLC.

Vangent, of Arlington, Va., ranks No. 52 on Washington Technology’s 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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