Say goodbye to the the Office of the chief information officer at the Defense Department. Last week Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the elimination at a Pentagon press briefing. The cuts will go towards helping the Pentagon trim their budget to save $100 million in the next five years. But what will this mean for the Defense Department? Bob Brewin is the DoD reporter for NextGov and writes the What’s Brewin column. He tells us more about what the future might hold.
The Defense Department is looking to modernize its electronic health record system. Tricare Management Activity has issued a Request For Information that asks vendors to provide ideas for a comprehensive military health system capability for warfighters, beneficiaries and providers. Now, they’ve extended the response date for the RFI to August 27. Tricare established an office in February to look at the future of the Dod Health Records System, and now this RFI is moving the effort forward. The acting chief information officer for the Military Health System Mary Ann Rockey says DoD’s current system, AHLTA, has been deployed worldwide since 2006, but DoD needs to ensure its current system can interoperate easily with the Veterans Affairs Department’s Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, or VLER, as well as the Nationwide Health Information Network. Tricare wants to know which vendors can provide “an interoperable set of Electronic Health Records capabilities – that can automate health care in a number of settings including: inpatient acute care, ambulatory care, and intensive care. Other capabilities they say they’ll need include services such as laboratory, pharmacy and radiology services.