“The Department of Defense announced that Cerner has been awarded a coveted $4.3 billion, 10-year contract to overhaul the Pentagon’s electronic health records for millions of active military members and retirees.
The award was a stunning upset; many in the industry predicted that Epic Systems would land the contract. Cerner will be responsible for upgrading and managing the Pentagon’s health records for 9.5 million people at roughly 1,000 sites, ranging from U.S. clinics and hospitals to some of the most challenging and remote health-care sites in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
The announcement caps a lengthy acquisition process that spanned two years that challenged Pentagon officials to consider a wide array of factors in their vision for a new system: heightened cybersecurity; ease of use for physicians, and concerns from outside critics about entering into a long-term contract at a time when the electronic health records industry…
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