The Defense Department plans to issue a solicitation for its own version of electronic health records and pick a vendor by the end of the year, according to a DoD official.
Douglas Robb, the director of the Defense Health agency, said the records will still be compatible with those produced by the Veterans Affairs Department as well as those produced by the Health and Human Services Department and the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
“I am pretty excited about where we are going,” Robb said. He said DoD and VA had already been able to finalize a list of common terms and data points that will make the records each agency produces more portable.
DoD and the Department of Veterans Affairs tried for several years to develop a single EHR, an effort that apparently ground to a halt in 2013 after the departments spent more than $1 billion.
Earlier, DoD issued a solicitation for a contractor to keep its exsiting EHR running until the agency can create a new system, according to the DHA. The solicitation runs with one-year extensions until 2018.