DoD launches DHMSM acquisition with draft RFP

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The Defense Department took first concrete steps toward procuring a new electronic health record through the Jan. 29 release of a draft request for proposal.

The DoD has signaled its intent to buy a commercial EHR to replace its legacy systems since it and the Veterans Affairs Department canceled in February 2013 (citing cost reasons) an effort that would have resulted in a joint EHR running in both military and veterans medical systems.

The new DoD EHR, dubbed DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization – shortened to DHMSM – will replace the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, Composite Health Care System, and EHR components including AHTLA-Theater, states the draft RFP performance work statement (.pdf).

It outlines DHMSM implementation as occurring over two segments; the first for fixed facilities such as hospital facilities in garrison and non-garrison settings, and the second "across the full range of military operations."

Segment I facilities include "57 hospitals, 364 medical clinics, 282 dental clinics, and 200 veterinary clinics. Segment II facilities include a 227 wide array of naval vessels; air platforms; and group facilities, including 2 hospital ships, 300+ 228 ships and submarines, and Combat Support Hospitals," states a draft RFP attachment (.pdf).

The DoD and the VA face a congressional deadline of Dec. 31, 2016 for deploying modernized EHRs. The attachment states that the DHMSM program management office will work with the joint DoD-VA Interagency Program Office originally set up to supervise acquisition of the single EHR to ensure that the DHMSM solution is compatible with "the standardized healthcare data framework and exchange standards as they evolve and become available."

For more:
- go to webpage for the draft RFP  

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