The Peace Corps plans to develop an electronic health record system to help manage the health of its volunteers who are stationed in 77 countries around the world, according to an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website, Government Health IT reports.
The Peace Corps noted that its EHR system would need to be accessible to staff stationed in developing countries with limited Internet access. The EHR system also would need to:
- Allow staff to record data on laptops or mobile devices and sync the information to OpenEMR, a no-cost, open-source EHR system;
- Offer searchable problem, medication and allergy lists; and
- Maintain a record of vaccinations.
In addition, the Peace Corps noted that the EHR system would need to include a:
- Billing module;
- Clinical notes section;
- Lab and imaging section; and
- Consultation section.
The Peace Corps plans to develop a proof of concept for the EHR system that will be tested in a pilot program by September and launched in fiscal year 2013 (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 2/3).