David Bowen, the Defense Health Agency’s director of the health information technology, has said the agency is in the process of consolidating the military’s various shared services, Federal Times reported Monday.
He told Federal Times editor Steve Watkins that several DHA teams are working to adjust staffing and place personnel in the functional areas of the agency’s new health information technology shared service organization.
Bowen said the big challenge to the reorganization effort is moving into a modern electronic health records system, according to the report.
“The service organizations were pretty much self-contained. They had contracting shops and HR shops and things like that,” he said.
“And now we’ll be able to put those functional components into the corresponding functional elements of the shared services organization,” Bowen told Watkins.
According to the report, Bowen was charged with merging military medical organizations into DHA after he became chief information officer of the military health system in 2012.