Pharmaceutical wholesaler and healthcare IT systems developer McKesson Corp. and defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. plan to team up in hopes of winning business from the Defense Department's Military Health System.
According to a news release, General Dynamics Information Technology, a Fairfax, Va.-based arm of General Dynamics, has entered into a letter of intent with McKesson Provider Technologies, a division of San Francisco-based McKesson, to "collaborate in offering an electronic health-record product known as the 'Way Ahead' " to the Defense Department.
Currently, the military is served by multiple electronic health-record systems, including the troubled $4 billion AHLTA system for outpatient care as well as the much older Composite Health Care System used in many of its hospitals. The CHCS is a $1.1 billion derivative of the IT system, now called VistA, developed by the Veterans Affairs Department.
"As the largest provider of healthcare services and IT, McKesson has deep expertise in what's required to deploy clinical systems, drive adoption and improve outcomes, and we believe our knowledge can benefit the military health community," James Walsh, a senior vice president at McKesson, said in a news release announcing the agreement. "Through the proposed relationship with General Dynamics, we are excited about the opportunity to offer a single solution with the capability to modernize how the Defense Department provides care to its millions of beneficiaries."