The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments in February ditched plans to develop an integrated electronic health record due to costs, which had soared to $28 billion, according to new testimony from Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
Instead of a joint record, VA will enhance its VistA EHR and Defense will run acquisitions to replace its AHLTA and CHCS in-patient and battlefield EHRs, Kendall said Wednesday.
AHLTA has cost a total of $1.9 billion, according to the federal IT dashboard, and SAIC developed CHCS under a $1 billion contract. Cost info for the in-patient and battlefield systems is hard to find, but together they probably costs close to a billion.
Based on the above, I would estimate it will cost the Pentagon between $3 billion and $4 billion to acquire new replacement systems. I guess this is a case where Defense will spend billions to save spending even more billions.