Allscripts has filed a protest to the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., which recently awarded an electronic health records contract worth more than $300 million to Epic Systems Corp., the New York Times reports.

The price in the final bids by the vendors differed by only $4 million, but Allscripts, citing the corporation’s estimates, is arguing that its system would cost $700 million less in overall costs over 15 years than Epic’s. Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman told the Times, “If you’re going to spend that much money, just tell me why.”

Alan Aviles, president of New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., told the newspaper that the $700 million figure is fallacious and Allscripts management knows it. Allscripts filed the protest with a procurement review board within the corporation, according to the Times.

Allscripts reportedly is considering a buyout following recent boardroom turmoil. Mergers and acquisitions specialist John Osberg told Health Data Management the company will get plenty of interest in the private equity market.

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