The Defense Department's Health Affairs office this week awarded two contracts worth nearly $400 million to replace DOD's home-grown computer system with an automated information system.
The Defense Department's Health Affairs office this week awarded two contracts
worth nearly $400 million to replace DOD's home-grown 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
They are part of DOD 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, and this is the third set of
awards under Lot IV. Lot IV has been set aside for small businesses. Lot
I, which involves studies and analysis, 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 "new technologies and architecture for the system"
as well as improve the system's security.
Base Technologies' largest commercial contract is the integration of systems
for Kaiser Permanente for the mid-Atlantic region.
One of the primary goals of D/SIDDOMS II is to make it easier to share medical
information. Managed care companies such as Kaiser Permanente have adopted
that approach to help control health care costs — they better use information
about a customer's health and avoid duplication of services.
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