The Indian Health Service (IHS) has awarded an $89 million contract to General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) for software engineering support services.

IHS is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), providing Federal health services to 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 574 Federally recognized tribes in 37 states.

Under the contract, GDIT will continue to support the agency’s Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) – the agency’s electronic health record (EHR) system. RPMS is used by the IHS healthcare providers in hospitals and clinics nationwide.

GDIT will provide “full software development life cycle services for RPMS, including project management, system deployment support, security engineering and compliance, software application development, IT architecture, and system engineering,” according to the company’s press release.

IHS will also work with GDIT to discuss how it can support its data management and future migration needs.

“The enhancements to RPMS will further support better patient healthcare and improve outcomes across tribal communities nationwide,” said Kamal Narang, GDIT vice president and general manager for Federal Health. “It will also facilitate a smooth transition for future EHR modernization efforts. GDIT is honored to continue our 20-year partnership with IHS and support the agency’s mission to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.”

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.