Google Bids to Become Next Big EHR Solution

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), which has been dipping its toes into the aging health care space of late, is now part of a group bidding for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) $11 billion electronic health record (EHR) contract.

The tech giant was recently named as a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) bid for the DoD Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) EHR contract, PwC announced Thursday.

The DHMSM program will replace and modernize the Military Health System, which currently supports more than 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty, retirees and their dependents.

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“Google is known for its expertise in innovative, secure and open technologies, and the power of Internet scale. Their capabilities can complement our proposed open-architecture solution and bring added value, agility and flexibility to the new Military Health System,” said Scott McIntyre, PwC’s Global and U.S. Public Sector leader. “Google can assist us in delivering a cost-effective and efficient solution to serve the health care needs of our military.”

The PwC proposal, called the Defense Operational Readiness Health System (DORHS), will help modernize the military health system by enabling doctors and health care professionals inside and outside of government to more efficiently treat service members and their families through the creation of a single source for their medical records.

“Our solution is engineered to provide flexibility, cost effectiveness and a platform that will stand the test of time, and does not rely on unproven technologies or proprietary computing platforms,” said PwC Health IT Leader Dan Garrett.

Also teaming up with PwC and Google are commercial EHR vendors DSS, Inc. and Medsphere Systems Corporation and MedicaSoft, as well as systems integrator General Dynamics Information Technology.

“Through teaming with our business and technology vendors, such as Google, we will offer the DoD a highly reliable, scalable, interoperable solution that can be implemented on schedule and will enable the innovation needed for the future without being locked into a specific vendor,” Garrett said.

Written by Emily Study

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