By Bob Brewin // March 27, 2014
Costing 2,233 percent more than originally estimated, the Defense Health Agency’s electronic health record -- designed to be used in combat -- leads a motley pack of major Defense Department automated information systems whose costs have soared by mind-boggling percentages into the billions of dollars, according to government report.
The Theater Medical Information Program - Joint (TMIP-J), Increment 2, was supposed to cost $67.7 million in November 2002 but soared to $1.58 billion as of December 2013, the Government Accountability Office said in the 100 page report.
Program officials attributed the cost increase to the addition of capabilities originally intended to be included in a future increment, new requirements necessary to meet the needs of the warfighter, and the inclusion of operations and maintenance costs, GAO said.
It’s worth noting that the current cost of the field EHR system alone is equal to the $1.5 billion the Pentagon has budgeted for an EHR to serve 57 hospitals, 364 medical clinics, 282 dental clinics, 225 vet clinics as well as deployed forces and 321 ships by 2019.
The Marine Corps version of the Global Combat Support System ranked second on the GAO list, up 302 percent from an ...