Cost of Defense Health Agency’s EHR Soared by 2,233% Since 2002

April 1, 2014 in News

The Defense Health Agency’s electronic health record system for combat troops costs 2,233% more than originally estimated, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office, FierceEMR reports .

Report Findings

In November 2002, the system — known as the Theater Medical Information Program-Joint, Increment 2 — was estimated to cost $67.7 million. However, by December 2013 the cost of TMIP-J Increment 2 increased to $1.58 billion (Hall, FierceEMR, 3/31).

Federal officials attributed the cost increase to:

  • New requirements necessary to meet the needs of those in combat;
  • Operation and maintenance costs; and
  • Performance abilities intended to be included in a future edition of the EHR system.

According to NextGov, the cost of TMIP-J is about the same as the $1.5 billion the Department of Defense has budgeted for an EHR system that will serve:

  • 364 medical clinics;
  • 321 ships;
  • 282 dental clinics;
  • 225 veterans clinics; and
  • 57 hospitals (Brewin, NextGov, 3/27).
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