Epic, Allscripts, Cerner among finalists for DoD EHR contract

The Department of Defense narrowed the finalists for its $11 billion EHR contract to three partnerships, which include Epic, Allscripts and Cerner.

The DoD sent notifications to companies who are still in the "competitive range" by mid-February, according to Politico. PricewaterhouseCooper's team, which included Google, DSS Inc., Medsphere, Medicasoft and General Dynamics, was eliminated from the running, along with a smaller team called Intersystems Trak Care.

Some of tech's biggest names are still in the running, however. Epic leads a partnership with IBM, Lockheed Martin, Impact Advisors and others. Allscripts, Hewlett-Packard and Computer Sciences Corp. comprise another team, and Cerner is joined by Leidos and Accenture.

Leidos currently owns three Department of Veterans Affairs contracts, worth approximately $16 million, according to a company news release. The contracts provide support for the VistA system and blood bank information systems, but the DoD is in the process of determining a long-term contract.

The agency plans to make a decision by the third fiscal quarter of 2015, according to a DoD news release. A main priority is interoperability because civilian healthcare providers need to be able to access VA health records. Once implemented, the DoD EHR system will include approximately records for 9.6 million people, according to the news release.

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