Pentagon Accepting Bids for $11B EHR Modernization Project

August 27, 2014 in News

On Monday, the Department of Defense issued a final solicitation for bids for an  $11 billion Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, FierceGovernmentIT reports (Sarkar, FierceGovernmentIT, 8/26).


In February 2013, DOD and Department of Veterans Affairs officials announced plans to halt a joint integrated electronic health record, or iEHR system, and instead focus on making their current EHR systems more interoperable (iHealthBeat, 5/1).

In the effort to update its EHR system, DOD over the last year has:

Details of Solicitation

As part of the project, DOD will replace the:

  • Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, or AHLTA;
  • Composite Health Care System; and
  • Various EHR components, including AHLTA-Theater (FierceGovernmentIT, 8/26).

DHMSM Executive Officer Christopher Miller said, “We are not just buying an off-the-shelf system; we’re really looking to modernize how the department delivers health care.”

Bids for the DOD EHR contract will be accepted through Oct. 9, and a team of DOD civilians, military personnel and subject matter and procurement experts will evaluate the proposals.

The contract is expected to be awarded by the third quarter of 2015.

By the end of 2016, the Puget Sound area could see the system’s “initial operational capabilities,” NextGov reports (NextGov, 8/26).

Tech Giants, EHR Vendors Vying for DOD EHR Contract

Earlier this summer, two groups of EHR vendors and technology giants announced plans to compete for the multibillion-dollar EHR contract. The groups are:

A team that includes Computer Sciences Corp., a defense contractor and systems integrator, Hewlett Packard, a computer services firm, and EHR developer Allscripts; and

A partnership between IBM and EHR vendor Epic (iHealthBeat, 6/25).

According to EHR Intelligence, the two groups already have emerged as favorites, noting that they have the expertise to address the technology needs of DOD’s large and complex health care system (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 8/27).

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