Epic Systems Corp. and IBM have partnered to bid on what could be an $11 billion contract to replace the Military Health System's electronic health-record system.
The contract—the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization project—will update all clinical systems throughout the MHS. The organization includes 56 military hospitals and about 360 clinics, which is about one-third the size of the Veterans Affairs health system. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said in an April House Appropriations Subcommittee of Defense hearing that the “lifecycle” cost of a project such as this could cost $11 billion.
Epic will focus on the EHR side of the equation, while IBM will oversee operations. Dr. Keith Salzman, IBM's chief medical information officer and a former Army physician, will spearhead the joint project.