VA Wants Advanced Clinical Decision Support for iEHR

Mary Mosquera | GovernmentHealthIT | July 3, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department wants industry help to describe standard technical specifications for services that are needed for clinical decision support that could be incorporated in its integrated electronic health record (iEHR) with the Defense Department.

Clinical decision support (CDS) is currently linked with specific vendor electronic health record software and modules. The Interior Department’s National Business Center, which is working on behalf of the VA, wants to develop CDS functionality as a service.

The goal is to define the service interface specifications for electronic health records that would enable a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach to CDS for the VA and DOD iEHR and also to serve as a basis of international health IT standards, according to a June 28 announcement in Federal Business Opportunities. Comments are due July 9. The National Business Center anticipates awarding a year-long contract in September...