Bloomberg Law
March 17, 2023, 9:17 AM

Biden Seeks Funds for Relic IT Upgrade at Indian Health Service

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy

A replacement for the Indian Health Service’s near-40-year-old patient management software would receive a quadrupling of funds if President Joe Biden’s record $9.7 billion IHS fiscal 2024 budget request makes it through Congress intact.

Congress previously hasn’t fully adopted Biden’s requested boosts for the agency, but lawmakers have shown willingness to allow some funding increases, and the phase-out of a similar system at the Department of Veterans Affairs will likely create a sense of urgency among appropriators.

The $913 million “Electronic Health Record System” line item in the budget request would be a down payment on a yet-to-be-customized ...