TRICARE Kicks Off Procurement for Defense/VA Pharmacy System

December 2, 2011

The TRICARE Management Activity on Wednesday kicked off the process to develop a joint electronic pharmacy system for the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments with a request for information to industry for commercial products that could handle the task. The joint system would manage 190 million prescriptions a year.

TRICARE, which manages Military Health System information technology projects, said it wants a single solution to track prescription and medication orders and improve patient safety by flagging drug interactions. MHS annually fills 50 million prescriptions while VA fills 140 million -- 32 million a year in hospitals and clinics and 108 million through seven mail order pharmacies.

Industry sources, who declined to be identified, said the ability to handle this scale of transactions, which makes the program the largest pharmacy system in the world, will be a key criteria as the procurement process moves forward. 

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