July 28, 2015

Critics warn of $11 billion Pentagon health records fiasco

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: Politico

Journalist Arthur Allen

As the Pentagon prepares the biggest federal IT contract announcement since Healthcare.gov, critics are warning of an even bigger fiasco, a record system that’s obsolete before it’s even finished.

They say the project to build a new electronic health record system, estimated to cost $11 billion over a decade, will bloat budgets while hurting the care of millions of service members because their doctors will be unable to smoothly and securely share their medical records across military, Veterans Administration and private health systems.

The technical challenges are vast. The contractor will have to rewire and connect hundreds of hospitals and clinics, serving 10 million service members from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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  • Phillip Carter

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...