Cerner group wins $4.3 billion contract to upgrade military health records

Cerner Corp. is part of a team of contractors that won a $4.3 billion contract to overhaul the military’s electronic medical records, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.

Cerner, a North Kansas City-based health care IT company, will combine with defense technology contractor Leidos, Accenture Federal Services and Intermountain Healthcare to upgrade the electronic health records of some 9.5 million active-duty service members and their families, as well as some veterans, reservists and others.

The Cerner coalitionĀ beat out bids by two other groups, including one that involved Epic, Cerner’s chief rival in the electronic medical records industry.

Cerner, which is the fastest-growing large company in the Kansas City area, would not say whether the contract will lead to expansion of its workforce, which includes about 10,000 employees in the Kansas City area and 21,000 total.

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