On August 25, 2013, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) released its finalized solicitation to vendors who are interested in contending for the nearly $11 billion contract to provide an off-the-shelf electronic health record (EHR) software solution aimed at modernizing the DoD’s aging in-house systems, as well as the program support to foster interoperability with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system. We previously reported on the DoD’s decision not to adopt the VA’s current VISTA system, and to move forward with an open competition for a new system instead.
The DoD’s request for proposals (RFP) has already attracted interest from some big players in the healthcare IT industry, including Epic teaming with IBM; Allscripts teaming with HP and Computer Sciences Corporation; and (most recently) PwC U.S. teaming with DSS, MedSphere, and General Dynamics Information Technology to put together a competitive bid.
In the cover letter for the solicitation, Capt. John H. Windom, Program Manager of the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) notes that DoD “exposed industry early and often to [the] requirements development process through a series of industry days, draft RFPs, and targeted requests for information. . . . The DHMSM Program remains committed to executing an impartial, equitable, and structured acquisition and source selection process.”
The RFP is the latest step in a long line of efforts by the DoD to modernize its EHR system and increase coordination with the VA system. This move follows from earlier unsuccessful attempts by the DoD and the VA to create a joint EHR system, and the subsequent decision for each agency to focus on their own “core” technologies while prioritizing interoperability.
Interested vendors have until October 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM Eastern to submit their bids.