Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to restructure its approach to developing an integrated electronic health records system with the Department of Veterans Affairs, delaying a request for proposals to vendors for the program.
The Pentagon was supposed to decide on a core source code and issue an RFP last month but Hagel’s decision has prevented the department from releasing the solicitation, Federal News Radio reports.
Jared Serbu writes the VA wants the Pentagon to partner in using VistA, which the government has released to open source developers.
Two months ago, the Pentagon and VA announced they would focus on making data in their separate systems more operable as opposed to building a joint, single system for both departments.
According to Serbu, Hagel has told House lawmakers he wants to update them on the Pentagon’s progress in choosing a core technology within the week.