IBM and Epic have announced they will team up in a bid for the Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) contract. With 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty, retirees and their dependents, DHMSM will replace and modernize the Military Health System (MHS) clinical systems. The system is expected to cost approximately $11 billion.

IBM’s Chief Medical Information Officer, Keith Salzman, M.D., will lead the collaboration between the two companies. IBM says Salzman, who joined the company in April, "brings more than two decades of experience in delivering quality care to patients, driving the use of medical informatics within the MHS and exchanging data and documents through interoperability between the DoD and VA systems."

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