Electronic health-record systems developers and information technology systems integrators not already competing for what could be an $11 billion contract
have only a few days to put their bids together. At stake is a 10-year contract to provide a replacement EHR for the Defense Department’s Military Health System. Bids are due Oct. 23. Last month, potential bidders were given a two-week extension from the previous Oct. 9 deadline. At least four consortia of bidders are known to be in the hunt to replace a hodgepodge of health IT systems at the Military Health System, which operates 56 hospitals, about 360 clinics and provides care to more than 9.7 million beneficiaries.