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Twelve duplicate IT investments have cost the American taxpayer more than $300 million between 2008 and 2013, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Four of these were DoD health care IT projects.
GAO took aim on the medical side at the Warrior Care and Transition System and the Clinical Case Management Information Technology Initiative, and on the dental side at the Corporate Dental Application and the Dental Common Access System. The dental projects were “potentially duplicative because they perform similar functions for each of the armed services,” GAO said. “Department officials stated that when the systems were originally being deployed to the various armed services, the department did not consider deploying a common solution.”
The Clinical Case Management Information Technology Initiative has since been canceled, and Pentagon officials told GAO they would migrate to a common dental IT system by 2017. Two other departments faulted by GAO for duplicate IT work were the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.