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 .
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).