IBM, Epic Announce Advisory Group for DOD EHR Contract
January 9, 2015 in News
On Wednesday, IBM and electronic health record vendor Epic unveiled a new advisory group to help them implement the Department of Defense’s EHR modernization contract if they win the bid, Modern Healthcare reports (Tahir, Modern Healthcare, 1/7).
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.
In August 2014, DOD issued a final solicitation for bids for the $11 billion Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, with Oct. 31, 2014, as the final date to submit proposals. A team of DOD civilians, military personnel and subject matter and procurement experts are evaluating the proposals.
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.
In addition to IBM and Epic, other groups competing for the contract include:
- A team that includes Computer Sciences Corp., a defense contractor and systems integrator, Hewlett Packard, a computer services firm, and EHR developer Allscripts;
- A team that includes EHR vendor Cerner, Leidos — a government systems integrator — and Accenture Federal; and
- A group that includes PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Dynamics Information Technology, DSS and MedSphere (iHealthBeat, 11/3/14).
DOD officials plan to make a decision on the contract by June (Hall, FierceEMR, 1/8).
Advisory Group Details
The newly formed 17-member advisory group will advise IBM and Epic during the overhaul of DOD’s system if the team wins the contract (Modern Healthcare, 1/7).
The group members include representatives from:
- The American Medical Informatics Association;
- Duke University Health System and School of Medicine; and
- Mercy Health.
In addition, the advisory board also includes veterans who have experience using DOD’s current system (Konkel, “Health IT Update,” NextGov, 1/7).
Group members will share their experiences on issues including:
- Interoperability; and
- Online patient self-service (FierceEMR, 1/8).
IBM and Epic also announced that a research center has already started testing their new DOD-customized system (Gold, Politico Pro, 1/7).
Andy Maner, managing partner of U.S. federal business at IBM, said that the group is “all about increasing the odds of success” (Modern Healthcare, 1/7). Maner added, “If and when [the contract is] awarded to us, we’re ready to go on day one” (Politico Pro, 1/7).