VA absent among DHMSM bidders

The deadline has come for vendors and other entities to submit their proposals for the Defense Department's electronic health record system contract--but the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won't be part of the fray. 

Former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki floated the idea of the VA bidding for the contract with its own EHR system, but the agency has backed off the idea, according to an article at Nextgov.

The four vendors submitting bids today include:

  • Computer Sciences Corp., partnered with HP and Allscripts
  • IBM, aligned with Epic Systems
  • Cerner and Leidos joined up with Accenture Federal
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, with General Dynamics Information Technology, DSS Inc. and MedSphere as partners 

The Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract is expected to be worth $11 billion over the next decade. Article