A major transformation in healthcare delivery is underway. As early as 2012, millions of U.S. military veterans will be able to access their health records online from the comfort of their homes. Additionally, doctors will be able to securely access the records from their offices, eliminating the need for veterans to keep track of paper forms.
This dramatic change comes with the advent of the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), a joint Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) effort. In 2010, the VA awarded CACI a five-year, $91 million prime contract to provide software development support to VLER. Coupled with CACI's more than 50 contracts in the growing health IT sector, this is another strategic investment to expand its health IT business.
"Healthcare is a multi-billion-dollar business in the United States, and it's not something people are willing to go without," says Dr. Keith L. Salzman, CACI's Chief Medical Information Officer. "That's why it continues to be a high priority for our customers even in a challenging budgetary environment."
CACI has built an industry leading team, highlighted by Dr. Salzman, to leverage its burgeoning health IT business. Salzman has more than seven years of success pioneering informatics in the U.S. Army and facilitating health information interoperability between the Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a physician, leader and innovator, he adds a unique clinical perspective to CACI's group of health IT professionals.
"CACI is dedicated to growth in this area, and I believe that federal agencies and our industry partners will benefit from our distinctive portfolio of products, service offerings, and emerging contract opportunities," he says. "CACI is uniquely capable of enabling federal agencies to meet the challenge of providing transformative health IT solutions that save the government money and deliver taxpayer value."
Dr. Salzman adds that, unlike cell phone and financial networks, the nation's healthcare network lacks integration and the benefit of transformation, which undermines its efficiency and effectiveness.
"With our work on the VLER initiative, CACI is helping to securely and seamlessly connect the VA, DoD, Social Security Administration, and private civilian medical offices," he explains.
CACI's more than 1,000 functional and health IT experts support clients across the globe on several key contract vehicles. In addition to the VLER contract, CACI is supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs on the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) program. T4 is a multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite (IDIQ) quantity contract serving all of the VA's IT needs and is expected to award tasks to upgrade various health IT delivery systems. With a combined ceiling value of $12 billion, T4 is a major health IT contracting vehicle.
CACI also supports the Military Health System through multiple contracts with each of the military services and the TRICARE Management Activity. According to Jeff Butler, CACI's Senior Vice President and Account Lead for Healthcare Solutions, "CACI provides foundational development, deployment, training, and sustainment support for critical health IT enterprise systems such as the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support (DMLSS) suite of applications." The federal government's satisfaction with CACI's performance in this area was validated in September 2011 with the award of DMLSS task orders totaling $69 million.
Leveraging its many years of experience in the defense and intelligence markets, CACI is translating mature, tried-and-true solutions and bringing new approaches to health IT.
"Our exceptional performance and capabilities in other IT support areas give us an edge," says Salzman. "With the quality and credibility that we have established in the other sectors, we can bring those skills into the healthcare market to provide creative, cost-effective solutions."
CACI's Health IT solutions also have applicability well beyond the scope of the federal government. As Salzman explains, healthcare integration doesn't just affect military veterans. Virtually every citizen could benefit from medical records sharing, and CACI's pioneering work in the federal system is helping to lead the way.
He concludes, "At CACI, we have the opportunity to help solve the healthcare problem in the context of the federal government – which has a 30 percent stake in our nation's healthcare – and then extend that solution to the rest of the country. Essentially, we're helping the government in defining a solution so the entire nation benefits."