Epic Grabs VA Software Contract

Tom Sullivan | Healthcare IT News | August 27, 2015

Epic, along with Lockheed Martin subsidiary Systems Made Simple, inked a five-year $624 million contract with Veterans Affairs. The deal is nowhere near the $4.3 billon that DoD awarded Cerner and Leidos for the first phase, of course, but it does hold the potential for a big payoff – publicity-wise at least – because the work Epic and SMS signed up to undertake addresses one of VA's most public pain points: patient scheduling.

What VA is calling the Medical Appointment Scheduling System, or MASS, "is expected to enhance and simplify the viewing and making of appointments convenient to veterans, along with improving the coordination of care and appointment reminders," according to the award posting in FedBizOps. "MASS will allow clinicians to better utilize rooms, support staff and equipment in service of Veterans' needs."...