Acquisitions and other strategic moves position the largest government contractors for growing health IT opportunities.
When General Dynamics acquired Vangent Inc. last summer, the company not only gained new technical capabilities and a portfolio of contracts in the government health information technology space, it landed a top-tier executive with health IT expertise to guide its growing presence in that slice of the market.
Kerry Weems, who headed Vangent’s health solutions division, moved over to General Dynamics Information Technology after the merger and became vice president of GDIT’s Health Solutions Sector. Prior to his tenure Vangent, Weems spent 28 years with the federal government and was administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and vice chairman of the American Health Information Community. During that time, he implemented the Medicare e-prescribing program, started pilot projects in electronic health records and personal health records and implemented landmark payment reforms, including non-payment for certain medical errors.