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Dave Bowen: DHA Nears Full Operational Capability After Military Approval of Health IT Shared Services

Dave Bowen
Dave Bowen

The Defense Health Agency is near full operational capability following an approval by the military service branches for DHA’s concept of operations on health information technology shared services, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Dave Bowen, CIO of the Military Health System, told the station that the approval is an operational milestone for DHA as it seeks to streamline and standardize military health services.

The deadline for the agency’s full operational capability is Oct. 1, the report said.

Miller adds that the award of the $4.3 billion contract for the military’s electronic health record system to a team led by Leidos is also another relevant milestone.

Leidos and its partners Accenture and Cerner will build the EHR system to serve more than 200,000 healthcare providers and 9.5 million beneficiaries.

The system will incorporate DHA’s clinical process standards, Miller reports.

“For [the Defense Department], it’s a monstrous culture change,” Bowen said.

“To get all of our clinicians together to agree on over 700 clinical processes is very significant.”

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