10 Things DoD Wants In Its Next EHR

Staff Writer | Government Health IT | September 2, 2014

Ending months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released its official request for proposals to modernize its Electronic Health Records (EHR) system and enable the DoD to share health data with the private sector and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The massive and ambitious project, called DoD Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM), could cost as much as $11 billion and, Department officials hope, transform the DoD into a national healthcare technology leader.

Major technology companies and consultanices, among them IBM, HP, Computer Sciences Corp., and Epic Systems, have been gearing up and forming alliances for months to prepare to enter the RFP. The sense is that that DHMSM is more than a healthcare RFP, but a transitional step that will determine much of the future for for IT in healthcare.  So what exactly is the DoD looking for in its next EHR?

That list is really long. So here are 10 requirements that demonstrate what the department is looking for...