CSC, HP, Allscripts Take On IBM, Epic For $11 Billion Department Of Defense Contract

CSC is joining the fray against an IBM, Epic partnership for the anticipated $11 billion health system contract with the Department of Defense (DoD), the solution provider said earlier this week.

Falls Church, Va.-based CSC is teaming up with Hewlett-Packard and Allscripts for the bid for the multibillion DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization. If awarded the contract, $13 billion solution provider CSC and its partners will be responsible for updating the Military Health System, which includes clinical systems and 9.7 million military beneficiaries. The awarded party would have until 2017 to have established initial operating capabilities, with the full system up and running by 2023.

"Our goal is to provide military members and their families with the same outstanding service that they deliver to our nation on a regular basis. We can leverage our medical knowledge, DoD mission expertise and experience in leading commercial, government and global health technologies to improve care of military beneficiaries while expanding business in a core area," a CSC spokesperson told CRN.

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CSC, HP and Allscripts will be headed up against an anticipated four to six vendors for the contract, the DoD has said. Already entered in the fray is VistA, the Department of Veteran Affairs' EHR system, and another partnership between IBM and EHR vendor Epic. In IBM's bid, the vendor said its large-scale system integration and operation experience will complement Epic's enterprise EHR solution, which is the most widely adopted in the country.

"Service members, their families and the health care providers who care for them deserve the best health care our country can provide. They would benefit from an integrated system that leverages best practices from other large and successful health care organizations," Carl Dvorak, president of Epic, said in a statement at the time of its bid. "We would be honored to be part of the solution to modernize the MHS. In collaboration with IBM, we can provide a successful implementation that will support innovation and interoperability within military health care."

In CSC's bid, the solution provider, No. 4 on CRN's 2014 SP 500 list, will bring its experience with solutions delivery to the table. On top of that, Allscripts will add its health record solution to the mix, with HP adding its wide reach and technology to round out the proposal.

CSC said that its approach to tackling the multiple disparate military health systems will be to focus on connecting, caring and collaborating. The result, CSC said, would be a "single, open, interoperable and extensible platform" to connect military patients and their providers.

"We selected a world-class team for developing a solution that delivers the level of service our military personnel and their families deserve," the CSC spokesperson said. "As the world's largest health integrator, our goal is to bring together the best mix for meeting and exceeding our clients' needs. In this case we'll being together the necessary DoD mission, medical IT and health knowledge along with advanced technologies built on an open, agile and scalable platform."