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McKesson gets $139 million for secure military medical messaging

Staff writer |
McKesson said the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) awarded a $139 million, five-year contract for RelayHealth’s patient engagement and interoperable secure messaging solutions.




The solutions will serve the Military Health System’s (MHS) patients, physicians, physician assistants, nurse case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, and other members of the care team.

RelayHealth’s solutions help providers improve access to care for DoD beneficiaries, advance care team coordination across provider care settings and enhance patient engagement through secure messaging, educational content and care management tools that improve access to care team members and health data.

“We are honored to continue supporting the DHA in their readiness mission, which is to ensure a medically ready force and ready medical force. RelayHealth is helping to improve access to care, care coordination, care quality, and the responsible management of cost, while the DHA continues to evolve towards a more patient-centered and connected model of care,” said Ken Tarkoff, senior vice president and general manager of RelayHealth.

“[Secure Messaging] is a critical access tool that allows the MHS to increase capacity to meet enrollee demand for care by supporting delivery of virtual care through patient-to-provider and provider-to-provider communications before and after actual appointments,” the DoD stated in its announcement.

The DoD’s announcement added that secure messaging “facilitates delegation-of-care tasks to providers with the expertise to deal with them without escalating all messages to the physician level.”


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