International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has teamed up with Epic Systems to bid on an $11 billion defense contract that would overhaul the Military Health System (MHS) clinical systems, according to Bloomberg. The overhaul would affect 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty personnel and their families.
IBM would be able to leverage technology for the Watson supercomputer, which has medical diagnosing tools. The Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract would update the Pentagon’s record system and would be able to easier share content with the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA).
“Our collaboration with Epic for DHMSM was a natural extension of our global partnership,” stated Andy Maner, Managing Partner of IBM US Federal. “Together we understand that we must step forward and bring our best to improve health outcomes for those who proudly serve our nation. Improving quality of care and reductions to the overall costs for our military will be our primary goal. This is going to require bringing a physician?s mindset, proven past performance and a commitment to innovation.”