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Dave Bowen: DHA Eyes Year-End Implementation of New Military EHR Infrastructure

Dave Bowen
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The U.S. Defense Department could name the winning industry team for the agency’s $11 billion Healthcare Management System Modernization contract in the summer or fall, FCW reported Friday.

Adam Mazmanian writes David Bowen, director of health information technology at the Defense Health Agency, said the organization will work to help DoD manage electronic health records through a standardized EHR infrastructure.

“Our near term objective is to have that infrastructure in place and operational [in the Pacific Northwest] by the end of calendar year 2015,” he told FCW.

The system will be designed to also operate on the U.S. military’s Joint Information Environment.

A DoD spokesperson told the publication that the agency could procure separate enterprise-wide health IT services based on the functional, geographical and administrative aspects of the future military health system.

Mazmanian reports DHA is also working to consolidate enterprise functions and applications as part of military health system modernization efforts.

DHA has begun to centralize computer networks across DoD-run medical facilities as well as merge multiple help desks into a single technical support center.

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