Cerner has won a $4.3 billion Department of Defense contract to overhaul the Pentagon’s electronic health records for active military members and retirees over the next 10 years, writes Amy Brittain for The Washington Post.
The contract was awarded to the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health, which includes Cerner, Accenture Federal, and Leidos, a government contractor based in Virginia.
The decision was seen as an upset by a number of industry experts, as it was widely expected that a bid from Epic Systems would win.
The partnership will upgrade and manage the Pentagon’s health records for close to 10 million beneficiaries at around 1,000 sites. These include U.S. clinics and hospitals, as well as some of the most dangerous healthcare sites in the world, such as the facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
With a potential lifespan of up to 18 years, the contract could actually end up being worth just under $9 billion.
“Our team stands ready to lean forward with the DoD to implement a world-class electronic health records system,” said a spokesman for the partnership.