HEALTH

DoD updates plan for $11B electronic health record system

 

The Department of Defense is one step closer to making its final pitch to industry for a modernized electronic health record system that likely will carry a price tag of $11 billion, according to a report from FCW.com.

The third draft of the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) solicitation was released June 12, and "promises to substantially reflect our final requirement," according to a covering letter from program manager Capt. John Windom.

After an effort to build a joint DoD-Veterans Affairs Department health record system fell apart last year, the Defense Department decided go build its own system.

The Pentagon’s integrated electronic health record system will track the medical and dental care of active duty military personnel and their dependents – a population of about 9.8 million dispersed across the globe, FCW report.

The system is designed to be interoperable with the VA EHR system, and compatible with leading private-sector systems. The price tag for the project is estimated at about $11 billion. The first draft RFP was released in January, the second in March.

Since the second draft, DOD dropped ther requirement to include a system to track the care of working military animals.

DOD also indicated that there is no special requirement for an IT development methodology, such as agile, and that the contract is performance-based, driven by outcomes not inputs.

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy, health IT and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mr. Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian started his career as an arts reporter and critic, and has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, Architect magazine, and other publications. He was an editorial assistant and staff writer at the now-defunct New York Press and arts editor at the About.com online network in the 1990s, and was a weekly contributor of music and film reviews to the Washington Times from 2007 to 2014.

Click here for previous articles by Mazmanian. Connect with him on Twitter at @thisismaz.


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