Department of Defense Awards Cerner $4.3 billion, 10 year contract to Overhaul Pentagon’s EHR
The Washington post reports that the Department of Defense announced Electronic Health Records (EHR) vendor Cerner has been awarded a $4.3 billion 10 year contract to overhaul the Pentagon’s EHR for veterans. The report states the award to the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health includes Cerner, Accenture Federal, and Leidos (a government contractor). The report states that Cerner won the bid for the contract by promoting “a vision of providing healthcare ‘wherever and whenever care is required”. Washington Post states that The Department of Defense’s and Cerner’s challenges will come from integrating a new EHR system and successfully make the records “seamlessly accessible between the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs”.