New DoD Office Shifts EHR Acquisition Away From IPO

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | July 10, 2013

The Defense Department has created a new office called the DoD Healthcare Management System to handle the acquisition of a military electronic health record system.

The new, Defense Health Agency-based office will pursue a DoD core solution independent of the Veterans Affairs-DoD interagency program office that was once tasked with jointly developing an integrated electronic health record for both departments.

"Our intent is to collaborate with the VA on any necessary changes to the IPO Charter and Joint Strategic Plan," write Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall and the Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright in a July 2 memo (.pdf) obtained by FierceGovernmentIT.