That's how much funding the House Appropriations Committee estimated the Military Health System will need in the next two years to develop a Services Oriented Architecture to create interoperability between the electronic health record systems operated by the Defense Department and the one maintained by the Veterans Affairs Department. The cost also includes fielding the system within 28 months.
Meanwhile, I hear folks inside MHS view the graphical user interface developed for this project as "not ready for prime time." Because GUI development is relatively simple, one wonders about the status of the rest of this project.
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.