IBM in pact with Epic to pitch for DHMSM contract

Enterprise IT vendor IBM has joined hands with Epic, a provider of electronic health records (EHR), to pitch for bagging the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract.

DHMSM, which has 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty, retirees and their dependents, will replace and modernize the Military Health System (MHS) clinical systems.

As per the agreement, IBM and Epic will propose a new solution to transform the MHS leveraging Epic’s EHR software.

Several U.S. healthcare companies including Johns Hopkins Medicine, Partners HealthCare, Cleveland Clinic and Kaiser Permanente are currently using Epic’s EHR software.

“Service members, their families and the healthcare providers who care for them deserve the best healthcare our country can provide. They would benefit from an integrated system that leverages best practices from other large and successful healthcare organizations,” said Carl Dvorak, President, Epic, in a statement.

Epic customer community has nearly 100 million patients and exchanges over 2.2 million records a month with other EHRs, health information service providers, health information exchanges, and groups on the eHealth Exchange such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the Social Security Administration.

Keith Salzman, chief medical information officer, IBM, will lead the collaboration between IBM and Epic. IBM’s Federal Healthcare practice, IBM global information technology, research and healthcare organizations will be part of the team.

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