The Department of Defense (DOD) announced July 29th that the DHMSM (Dim-Sum) contract award will go to Cerner Corporation. The late in the day decision threw many in the healthcare informatics world into a Tale Spin since many assumed the winner would be Epic Systems (including this blogger). I remember the time the decision came in on that Wednesday. I was on the subway, my phone sounded the arrival of new email, I swiped to review and my jaw hit the train floor when I saw…Cerner!
Over ten days later, neither of the other two other coalitions have filed a formal contest on the award decision as reported by Modern Healthcare. The governmental policy requires all contests be filed within ten days of the contract award. Allscripts wishes Cerner and the DOD well on their massive install. Epic Systems and IBM deferred to comment at this time. The project will cover the implementation of Cerner’s Enterprise electronic health record (EHR) for 9.8 million veterans and military personnel at 55 hospitals and 600 clinics. The contract is worth $4.3 billion over 8 to 10 years.
Continuing on the Cerner Corp news and more bad news for IBM. Cerner Corporation has been chosen to replace an IBM system at three dozen hospitals and clinics as reported by Biz Journals – Kansas City. The contract is valued at $842 million and will occur over a ten year period and will serve 1.2 million people in western Canada. ~ RCM