Defense Department Awards Contract to Build Health Site
Chantilly, Va.-based Integic Corp. has been awarded a $20-million Defense Department contract to construct a Web site to manage the agency's employee health care information, the Washington Post reports. The Web site will provide nearly 8.4 million military personnel "access to their health care plans and other medical information online," including medical records and test results. Employees also will be able to fill prescription drug orders, make appointments with physicians and "communicate with support groups," according to Larry Albert, Integic's senior vice president for health care practice (Chea, Washington Post, 12/4). Albert said, "This unified portal will vastly improve the lives of military service personnel and their dependents as they will be able to efficiently access and manage their health care" (Integic release, 12/4). In the first phase of the project, Integic will build a preliminary version of the site to be tested at three military facilities. It will then upgrade the site over the next few years. This is the second Defense Department contract awarded to Integic, which previously received $60 million to build a electronic database for defense workers' medical records (Washington Post, 12/4).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.