VA awards $162.5 million contract to improve VistA

The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded ASM Research a $162.5 million contract to "improve the user experience" for VA's electronic health record system, Nextgov reports. The price was more than three times as much as bids from HP Enterprise Services and Triple-I of Overland Park, Kan., which each submitted bids under $50 million on the contract. "The VistA enhancement contract calls for a new graphical user interface that will display a wide range of patient information," Nextgov reports. "It also calls for other tasks one source described as so general it would allow the department to use ASM for a wide range of work without further competition."

According to Nextgov, the VA canceled a $102.6 million contract with ASM in February 2012 to develop a planned integrated electronic health record with the U.S. Department of Defense. Article