TRICARE: Seeking Joint Electronic Health Records System for DoD and VA

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The TRICARE Management Activity is looking to develop a joint electronic pharmacy system for federal departments including Defense and Veterans Affairs.

The activity recently issued a request for information to help its search for a single solution capable of tracking prescription and medication orders, as well as identifying possible drug interactions.

TRICARE  manages the Military Health Systems‘ information technology projects, which annually fill 50 million prescriptions, according to a Nextgov.com report.

TRICARE said its ideal system could manage 190 million prescriptions a year and be interconnected with electronic health records, drug company systems and pill dispensing machines.

TRICARE also wants a system allowing interface for package tracking systems used by the U.S. Postal Service and United Parcel Service. The report said these features will aid in tracking medications that are tagged with bar codes and radio frequency identification chips. 

The system is to be the first project for the two departments under a joint electronic health record project, formally called the integrated Electronic Health Record Pharmacy initiative, according to the report. 

In the proposed iEHR, both will use common applications for document management, health records, lab data and blood management access.

While it is a joint project, both VA and MHS have functions that will be handled with separate applications, such as obstetrics, battlefield care for MHS and long-term care and nursing homes for VA. 

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