DOD to boost health system
- By Judi Hasson
- May 08, 2000
The Defense Department's Health Affairs office last week awarded two contracts
totaling nearly $400 million to replace DOD's homegrown computer system
with an automated information system.
The five-year contracts went to Base Technologies Inc., McLean, Va.,
for $192 million and United Information Systems Inc., Bethesda, Md., for
$203 million. They are part of Health Affairs' $4 billion Defense Medical
Information Management/Systems Integration, Design, Development, Operations
and Maintenance Services (D/SIDDOMS) II program.
DOD has split D/SIDDOMS II into four parts, or lots. This is the third
set of awards under Lot IV, which has been set aside for small businesses.
Lot I, which involves studies and analyses, is expected to be awarded later
Under the Lot IV contracts, the two companies will be involved in developing
software and hardware for the Military Health Services System. The project
is expected to be completed by May 5, 2005.
Greg Ayres, senior vice president for health care at Base Technologies,
said the company will focus on "new technologies and architecture for the
system" and improve the system's security. Base Technologies' largest commercial
contract is the integration of systems for Kaiser Permanente's mid-Atlantic
One of the top goals of D/SIDDOMS II is to make it easier to share information.
Managed care companies such as Kaiser Permanente have adopted that approach
to help control health care costs.