All signs point to the Defense Department awarding its multibillion Defense Healthcare Management System contract by the end of July.
The Pentagon’s public notice for the contract, which was first released almost 18 months ago, was closed for discussion July 14, one month after DOD’s Office of Inspector General announced it would be looking into DHMSM’s acquisition strategy. Bloomberg also reported a DOD spokeswoman confirmed an award would be made by July 31.
The 10-year contract is one of the largest in recent memory for DOD and is expected to have a total lifecycle value of $11 billion. Not surprisingly, some of the biggest tech integrators and electronic health records developers have teamed up to compete.
In February, the Pentagon narrowed the field to three teams: Computer Sciences Corp., partnered with HP and EHR developer Allscripts; Leidos and Accenture Federal; and IBM and Epic Systems. The only open-source offering by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which partnered with Google, General Dynamics Information Technology, DSS Inc. and MedSphere, was ruled out.
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