State Department eyes electronic health records

Shutterstock image: digital, global health.

WHAT: A request for information for vendors that could support the State Department's Bureau of Medical Services in implementing a commercial electronic health record system.

WHY: The department plans to replace a custom-built, non-interoperable, geographically limited EHR system. The new setup will need to support 60,000 to 70,000 diplomats, Foreign Service professionals, embassy personnel, local staff and others stationed at posts worldwide and roughly 1,000 medical professionals.

Geography might pose a bigger challenge than the patient population size. About a year ago, the Defense Department awarded a closely watched EHR contract that covers an estimated population of 9.6 million.

State officials are looking for a system with a robust scheduling platform and integrated apps that can manage prescriptions and track immunizations. It won't need to support billing or inpatient services but will need to work at a wide range of medical centers, including outposts staffed by only one medical professional.

The department is seeking teams that can handle the complete life cycle of the new EHR system from planning through close-out. It remains to be seen what level of customization will be required to make the commercial system meet State's requirements. The RFI closed June 16, and it's not clear when, or whether, a request for proposals will be released.

Click here to read the RFI.

Posted by Zach Noble on Jun 20, 2016 at 10:35 AM


Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.