That “open architecture” based EHR would serve as a replacement for the Military Health System's current EHR which uses multiple clinical information systems to serve more than 9.7 million beneficiaries, 56 hospitals and approximately 360 clinics.
If awarded what's known as the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization project, PwC would be taking on a 10-year contract estimated to be worth $11 billion. But it will have to beat out several major EHR developers who have already announced their intent to seek the contract earlier this summer.
Cerner Corp. announced in late June that it would be teaming up with defense computing contractor Leidos and systems integrator and consultant Accenture Federal Services to make a bid for the contract. Several days before that, Allscripts, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Computer Sciences Corp. also announced they would be pursuing the contract together.
Additionally, IBM Corp. and Epic Systems Corp. also have announced their joint intent to bid.
In January, the Defense Department began issuing formal draft requests for proposals, though it has yet to actually solicit bids.
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