The US Military HealthCare System Goes Digital
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The healthcare industry has certainly changed with more and more businesses and organizations turning to the digital world to make things more streamlined. In fact, just recently, the United States Defense Departments Military Health System turned over its health record upgrade to the Cerner Corporation.
At the end of July, the 10-year contract was awarded to the Cerner Corp in what is believed to be the largest technology health information contract to date. Cerner Corp was awarded the $4.3 billion dollar contract after beating out Epic Systems, one of Cerner’s archrivals. The contract will modernize records of military personnel, their families and veterans and retirees.
Originally, there were six companies competing for the massive government contract, which involves over 50 hospitals and literally hundreds of medical clinics both in the US and overseas. Although representatives remain tight-lipped about the details of the massive contract, it is said to involve the implementation of an upgraded electronic health records system for the military like no other. Cerner, who teamed with the Leidos Corporation on the final bid for the contract, beat out the likes of Hewlett-Packard and IBM over a two-year period.
The Cerner Corporation is a Kansas City-based technology company that has built its foundation on intelligent solutions for businesses and organizations in the healthcare industry. With over 18,000 facilities located around the globe, the services range from financial, clinical, and of course, operational needs using applications that are developed with doctors in mind focusing on the people involved as opposed to the technology of the system. The Cerner Corporation employs 16,000 people all over the world and is Kansas City’s fastest growing corporation posting $3.4 billion in sales in 2014.