Epic, IBM choose MultiCare Health Systems as DOD EHR pilot site

Epic, IBM and Impact Advisors have made a series of announcements regarding their bid for the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, the latest identifying Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health Systems as the pilot installation site of their platform, according to a report in The News Tribune.

MultiCare adopted Epic's EHR platforms in 1998, becoming one of the earlier systems to adopt the technology, according to the report. Additionally, MultiCare has more than 8,000 instances of medical record sharing with MadiganArmyMedicalCenter, also in Tacoma, Wash., and the Veterans Administration, according to the report.

This longstanding relationship and MultiCare's information sharing capabilities contribute to Epic and IBM's decision to select MultiCare as the pilot installation site, according to the report.

If selected, Epic and IBM's EHR system will be implemented at MultiCare before being adopted nationwide.

The DOD is expected to announce the winner of the $11 billion contract this summer.

More articles on the DOD bidding war:

Google joins PwC's bid for DOD EHR contract 
18 members on Epic, IBM's DOD contract advisory council 
Epic, IBM form advisory group in run for Department of Defense contract 

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