DoD Sources iEHR Information from the Broader Health IT Market

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | August 1, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are investigating what capabilities should be included in the forthcoming integrated electronic health record, or iEHR, by asking about the qualifications of EHRs currently on the market. The iEHR Joint Program Office posted July 18 a request for information on FedBizOpps.

In targeting the broader health information technology market, the departments hope to "gain better insight into the adequacy, availability and experience of potential vendors and their products with respect to supporting" the iEHR environment, says the RFI.

The RFI asks vendors about their use of open source licensing, their ability to reference a health data dictionary and security. Inquiries about secure coding practices, the use of external identity management provided via a web service and security in a cloud environment are among the security questions...