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Cerner, Intermountain Latest to Align for DoD EHR Contract

September 26, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Kansas City, Mo.-based vendor Cerner has announced a strategic agreement with Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City, Utah), as it continues to compete for the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record (EHR) contract.

Cerner is a member of the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, an alliance that includes Leidos and Accenture, a global IT and management consulting company. If awarded, the Leidos Partnership will aim to transition the Department of Defense (DoD) smoothly and securely to an open, modern, secure and interoperable system. Intermountain will work with Cerner to meet the military's specific requirements to modernize its EHR process.

The contract, from the DoD, is worth an estimated $11 billion and the winning bidder will get a chance to redesign and “modernize” the military health system’s IT infrastructure. Other announced teams include IBM/Epic/Impact Advisors; Computer Sciences Corp./Allscripts/Hewlett Packard; and PricewaterhouseCoopers/General Dynamics Information Technology/DSS Inc./MedSphere.

Through a multi-year partnership, Intermountain is implementing Cerner EHR solutions and revenue cycle across its internationally recognized nonprofit system of 22 hospitals and 185 clinics throughout Utah and southeastern Idaho. As part of the agreement, Intermountain will serve a key role on Cerner's advisory and governance structures, informing Cerner's participation in the DHMSM project from deployment to clinical systems architecture.

“Intermountain is excited about bringing Cerner's standards-based service strategy to the military health system," Stan Huff, Intermountain's CMIO said in a statement. "This strategy holds the potential for sharing of platform-independent applications and clinical decision support...Intermountain is honored to share our deep knowledge of clinical systems architecture and workflow with Cerner as we jointly work toward the Leidos Partnership's delivery of this critical update to our military's healthcare management system."

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