Will Pentagon Health IT Project Be Another Healthcare.gov Disaster?

The Pentagon is close to awarding a $10.5 billion, 18-year health information technology contract – the largest since the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov award – to upgrade a system used by 9.5 million active and retired military members, reports say.

But some critics fear any Pentagon health IT contract will be another disaster in the making.

Critics say the project to build a new electronic health record (EHR) system will bloat budgets but won’t be able to let doctors for service members smoothly and securely share medical records across the military, Veterans Administration and private health systems, Politico reports.

Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe, a doctor who tracks the project, vows to keep tight appropriations controls over the project.

“I don’t want some other congressman to be sitting where I am 10 years from now and saying, ‘Why can’t the military and the Veterans Administration share records?'” Roe, a senior member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, tells Politico.