The Pentagon has issued a draft request for proposals to the private sector aimed at helping the department upgrade its legacy electronic health records system, the American Forces Press Service reported Thursday.
Jim Garamone writes the Pentagon will accept ideas on how it can leverage commercial health IT platforms and implement a joint EHR system with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“This process will help us as we write requirements and [private industry] as they align their solutions,” said Navy Capt. John H. Windom.
“We don’t want to set a requirement that is technologically unachievable by industry or [that] we can’t afford,” he added, according to the article.
AFPS reports the Healthcare Management Systems Modernization program aims to build an infrastructure that can facilitate sharing of military health information between agencies and private clinicians.
The Pentagon is scheduled to adopt a new EHR system by the end of 2016.