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CMS Awards $107M to Help Modernize Health IT Efforts

interfaceTwo large government contractors recently announced they had been awarded contracts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help modernize the agency’s three external websites and speed up the development of  electronic health records.

CMS awarded CGI Federal a five-year contract worth $73.2 million as the agency continues to modernize and maintain the websites that provide 44 million beneficiaries information on news related to healthcare coverage and services. The three websites—Medicare.gov, cms.hhs.gov, and MyMedicare.gov—serve as CMS’ online communication channels for beneficiaries and providers. The sites also support the customer support specialists who run the 1-800-Medicare help lines.

“CGI is proud to be chosen again to support their efforts which directly impact so many citizens,” said George Schindler, president of CGI Federal. “We will continue to bring both our healthcare knowledge and technical expertise to this proven partnership as we help CMS achieve its vision to deliver a transformed and modernized healthcare system.”

In a separate announcement on Monday, Northrop Grumman said it had been awarded a task order worth approximately $34 million over one year with option periods of up to 5.5 years to speed up the development of electronic health records for CMS. The company will develop, design and maintain a national data repository that will support the administration and incentive-payment disbursements of Medicare and Medicaid programs to medical professionals, hospitals and other organizations.

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  1. Federal funding may be encouraging a move toward EHR, but there’s more to it than just installing systems. How can healthcare data pooling lead to a better system? More at http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=2648

  2. Agreed with Jeremy. It is more than just installing systems- analyzing, interpreting and providing better systems in a continual manner is what will lead to better system.

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