DOD Gets Feedback From Industry On Planned EHR System

Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | April 25, 2014

The Department of Defense is getting help from industry in scoping out the minimum infrastructure specifications required to support deployment of an enterprise-wide electronic health record system. Among the technology areas that DOD is trying to get a handle on are hosting, network, device, and site characteristics information for its new EHR system.

Industry responses to a request for information from the DOD Healthcare Management System Modernization program office are due today. The U.S. military plans to buy a commercially available EHR system to replace its existing Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application system, which comprises multiple legacy medical information systems that the department developed from commercial software products that were customized for specific uses.

DOD's goal is to begin deployment of the new system by the end of fiscal 2016. Under the planned EHR system, medical records would seamlessly move between DOD organizations and with private healthcare practitioners, providing a comprehensive real-time health record for service members and their families and beneficiaries.