The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a contract to Harris Corporation for work on a key part of the integrated electronic health record system that VA is developing with the Department of Defense, NextGov reports.
The contract award comes shortly after VA terminated its previous contract with ASM Research (Brewin, NextGov, 3/21).
VA and DOD are integrating their EHR systems so every service member can maintain a single EHR throughout his or her career and lifetime.
In January, the agencies gave ASM Research a $102.6 million contract to develop a central hub that would let them incorporate private-sector tools more easily into the combined EHR system (iHealthBeat, 2/28).
Termination, New Contract
However, VA recently terminated the contract with ASM Research because at least one of the firm's subcontractors had access to nonpublic information about the procurement process, NextGov reports.
Under the new contract, Harris will develop a middle layer of software -- called an enterprise service bus -- for the integrated EHR system (NextGov, 3/21).