The system will be used to share medical data through a full service network. The District said in its RFP it wants a local system in place by the end of June 2012. The District also hopes to eventually expand it to be used on nationwide level, according to the Washington Business Journal.
The Journal predicted funding is likely to come from a $5.1 million grant awarded in 2009 under the federal stimulus act, which encouraged the health care industry to digitize records.
The District has outlined a one-year allocation of $1.06 million in its fiscal 2012 budget for grant-related work.
The initial contract would be for one-year and include three-year option. Bids are due by Jan. 13.