Under the 10-year IDIQ contract, GDIT will install a new cloud-based enterprise EHR system from Oracle Health to replace the agency's current patient and health record system
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), the business unit of General Dynamics, has secured a $2.5bn contract from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to upgrade the latter’s electronic health record (EHR) system.
HIS, an agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, offers federal health services to 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of 574 federally recognised tribes spread across 37 states.
As per the agreement, GDIT will install a new cloud-based enterprise EHR system from Oracle Health to replace the agency’s current patient and health record system.
The indefinite delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has been signed for 10 years with a five-year base period along with five option years.
GDIT federal health vice president and general manager Kamal Narang said: “This new electronic health record system will improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives nationwide by providing essential tools to lower barriers to healthcare.
“We look forward to building on our 20-year partnership with IHS and implementing the agency’s IT modernisation goals to serve the health needs of current and future generations.”
The new EHR is expected to be housed in a secure Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) high cloud environment, which can expand to accommodate the programme’s future needs.
The system will allow better data access and sharing between geographically dispersed IHS and tribal health facilities across the country, enhancing patient experience and care’s quality.
Oracle Industries executive vice president Mike Sicilia said: “Oracle Health’s EHR is the most widely used EHR around the globe and has been proven in the world’s most complex environments, including the United States Department of Defense.
“We are confident that our technology and partnership with GDIT will help IHS improve the experience for providers and deliver better healthcare outcomes for millions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.”
Since 2003, GDIT has supplied IHS with several mission-critical Information Technology (IT) programs.