The Ministry of Defence has extended its contract with CGI to provide an integrated electronic health record service for the UK’s armed forces.

The new contract is for three years, with options to extend, and will allow CGI to build on its current work on the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme, which serves as a centralised system for the health and dental records of all 300,000 UK military personnel.

Logica, which was later acquired by CGI, began work on the DMICP system in 2006 basing it on EMIS PCS, an existing clinical system for primary care.

The project managed to replace paper records at around 500 medical and dental facilities across the world and was named overall winner at the EHI Awards in 2012.

The new contract sees the introduction of a programme called Intermolar to replace the DMICP. According to CGI, it will allow the MOD to ensure the continued delivery of the integrated record while it works out the long-term strategy for its healthcare IT.  

The Intermolar service will be accessible at 400 sites across the world and will hold about 600,000 patient records, of which about 250,000 are from active personnel. It supports up to 20,000 consultations per day. 

Air Marshal Paul Evans, surgeon general, Ministry of Defence, said “We are delighted to continue our close relationship with CGI to ensure Intermolar delivers the reliable service that we currently receive from DMICP.

“We are confident Intermolar will play a key part in our continuous drive for efficient and patient-focused processes and services.”