$4 billion price tag for VA, Defense EHRs

 

Colleagues, Please see link to and excerpts below from interesting article by Joseph Conn in ModernHealthcare.Com,  on OSEHRA; the DOD/VA proposed iEHR; and, procurement estimates and strategy going forward. Conrad ClyburnDirector, Community DevelopmentOSEHRA (Open Source EHR Agent), Inc.900 N. Glebe Road, Suite 4196 Arlington, Virginia 22203clyburnc@osehra.org (Email) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20120323/NEWS/303239988/-4-billion-price-tag-for-va-defense-ehrs$4 billion price tag for VA, Defense EHRsBy Joseph Conn
Posted: March 23, 2012 - 1:00 pm ETTags: Electronic Health Records (EHR), Information Technology, U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsThe proposed new, best-of-breed, joint electronic health-record system to be created for the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments will cost $4 billion just to develop and probably a lot more to license and install, said Roger Baker, the assistant secretary for information and technology at the VA.  ... ... The upgrade will likely affect the Indian Health Service, which also runs its own modified version of the VistA system...

... Last year, the VA committed to upgrading its VistA electronic health-record system by creating a not-for-profit organization, the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent, to serve as custodial agent for an open source development project for the upgrade. The Defense Department has joined the effort to upgrade its various EHR systems. The VA and the Defense Department operate about 200 hospitals and many hundreds of clinics...

.... Baker said "a bunch of vendors" when the open source project was introduced "said no way do they want to play. That's not what we're hearing now. There is no vendor out there that can ignore the market share the DoD and the VA have available.” ...
 To read the full article see: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20120323/NEWS/303239988/-4-billion-price-tag-for-va-defense-ehrs

 

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