Evolvent Awarded Military Health IT Contract

Among its task orders, the firm will transition IT systems to comply with new ICD-10 and prescription administrative standards and develop technologies to help service members with TBI and PTSD.
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Under the new contract, the company will provide technology and services to other areas including supporting the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), located in Bethesda, Md., on the campus of the National Naval Medical Center. The newly established facility is dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and research of complex combat-related TBI and psychological health (PH) conditions. Evolvent will also support all information management/information technology (IM/IT) requirements at the NICoE, the newest component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for PH and TBI.

The company also announced that it is expanding support in the Pacific Northwest of the DCoE Technology and Telehealth (T2), with two key contracts that are advancing the utilization of virtual environments and the measurement of usability in telehealth through the following contracts:

-- Virtual Worlds (VW): Evolvent aims to reduce the barriers to care and help service members suffering from the effects of TBI and PH conditions and their families, using a virtual, 3D environment.

-- Usability Labs: Evolvent is designing, establishing, and maintaining usability labs aimed at measuring and analyzing the quality of the user's experience in support of military PH.

Monty Nanton, Evolvent's executive VP, said the company has been providing health IT solutions in other areas including EHR adoption. For example, Evolvent is developing the Healthcare Artifacts and Image Management Solution (HAIMS) which will allow all images and artifacts to be available to the provider at the point of care. The company also provides technology and support for the Department of Defense (DoD) Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), which allows for the sharing of patient information across the DoD, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and private sector hospitals.

"Our current work on ICD-10 is an assessment of current DoD healthcare applications to determine the impact of and preparation for ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion by 2013. These efforts, as well as several others, have enabled Evolvent to develop and integrate enterprise solutions that support the evolution to an EHR and the dynamic mission of military care," Nanton said.

As part of last week's announcement, Evolvent officials also said they have begun supporting the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an integrated team to provide enterprise architecture (EA) support. At the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Evolvent is assisting in software development lifecycle management support services by providing IT support service.