One of four vendor teams competing for the Department of Defense electronic health records contract now boasts a major provider organization on board.

Intermountain Healthcare, which is implementing Cerner EHRs, will work with the vendor on a range of issues to meet DoD specifications, such as platform-independent applications, clinical decision support, workflows, clinical systems architecture and governance. A Cerner spokesperson did not respond to a request for additional information on Intermountain’s role.

The four teams seeking the contract include EHR vendors, consulting firms and government contractors, but no providers until now. The DoD business is valued at up to $11 billion.

Cerner is aligned with Accenture and Leidos. Other announced teams include IBM/Epic/Impact Advisors; Computer Sciences Corp./Allscripts/Hewlett Packard; and PricewaterhouseCoopers/General Dynamics Information Technology/DSS Inc./MedSphere.

The Department of Veterans Affairs also may make a bid for DoD to select its VistA system. Bids are due on Oct. 9 and DoD expects to select a proposal in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

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