Contract awards dominated the headlines in the GovCon sector this week but the multibillion dollar program known throughout the industry as “Dim Sum” was the one all observers had their eyes on in anticipation of who would be selected.
That wait came to an end Wednesday when the Defense Department announced it selected a consortium of Leidos, Kansas City-based health information technology firm Cerner and Accenture’s U.S. federal subsidiary to integrate an electronic health records system for the military under the Defense Healthcare Modernization System initiative.
“Dim Sum” — or DHMSM — has an approximate ceiling value of $4.3 billion over a 10-year ordering period and current DoD estimates have the entire program cost at $9 billion over 18 years.
Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said the Defense Department wants the EHR system to cover nearly 9.5 million beneficiaries and 250,000 care providers once fully in place, which DoD intends to have happen by 2023.
This landmark contract featured three industry teams in the final round of bids, with each group comprising a health IT company and some of GovCon’s most notable firms.
Jerry Hogge, deputy president of Leidos’ health solutions group, described to EHRintelligence in November 2014 his team’s idea on how to help the Defense Department achieve interoperability between the future “Dim Sum” setup with other health records and information systems like it.
“If you examine the evaluation criteria for this project, you quickly get a sense that the approach to deployment, and the approach to interoperability, are key attributes of the selection process,” Hogge told the website.
“The modularity and open architecture of the system are definitely a part of that. When focusing on interoperability and the modular open-systems architecture components, there are objective ways of scoring systems in terms of compliance, and that’s a component of the evaluation here.”
Continue reading after our Potomac Officers Club event summary to view our selection of the week’s significant contract awards and other major GovCon sector developments.
The Potomac Officers Club is excited to host Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen Thursday for part two of the “Innovation in Defense & Intelligence” events, a portion of POC’s larger “CIO Speaker Series” for the summer and early fall.
Halvorsen will continue the technology and spending environment conversation from part one held earlier in July that was led by Doug Wolfe, the CIA’s CIO and a panel of leaders from the GovCon and intelligence communities.
Other federal technology and procurement leaders scheduled to speak during the series include Transportation Department CIO Richard McKinney on Aug. 20, Army acquisition chief Heidi Shyu on Sept. 2 and the General Services Administration’s Chris Hamm on Sept. 24.
Additionally, we are excited to announce that Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command, has been lined up to address the POCOct. 15 for the 2015 Cybersecurity Summit.
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