Military Health System to revamp health informatics tools

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The U.S. Department of Defense recently signed a contract with Science Applications International Corporation that will allow them to enhance the healthcare information technology (IT) as well as the electronic health record (EHR) systems in the Tricare Management Activity Military Health System, CMIO reports. If all options are used, the contract has a total value of $53 million.

Under the agreement, the corporation will provide healthcare IT services that aim to improve the EHR system already being used by Tricare. They will strive to make the health informatics technology more stable, faster, easier to use and more reliable, according to the news outlet.

Currently, the Military Health System assists over nine million military personnel – including active duty officials, the National Guard and Reserve and retired service members – using the Tricare program.

Many other healthcare systems will undergo similar upgrades as more medical officials see the value of health informatics technology. According to a recent survey by Sage Healthcare Division, about 62 percent of physicians and 81 percent of patients have a positive perception of EHRs.