The Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs are asking vendors for products and services they can provide to address the technical needs of an integrated EHR as the agencies prepare to launch the initial version of their iEHR. The technical requirements, specifications and architecture for an interoperable iEHR environment have been outlined by DOD's Tricare Management Activity in a request for information in Federal Business Opportunities. The deadline for responses is Aug. 24.
The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are planning a study to determine the scope, costs and risks of sharing inpatient electronic health records. The study, which will begin in July, intends to define "a seamless approach for a joint EHR" between the two departments, the acting chief information officer of DOD's Tricare Management Activity said.
New Department of Defense information technology contracts worth $300 million to $30 billion reflect changes in the way the Pentagon does business. The contracts underscore DOD's focus on business transformation, IT security, interagency networking and knowledge management, and outsourcing, says Megan Gamse of the market research firm Input.
The Pentagon is investigating whether a former director of the Air National Guard who accepted a job as a Boeing lobbyist violated ethics rules. Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Weaver took the Boeing post three months after he left the military. He was hired to lobby for a $23 billion contract to lease refueling tankers to the military. The contract was later canceled when ethics violations by a former Air Force acquisitions official were revealed.
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