A new scheduling system aimed at giving military veterans quicker access to medical care — designed by Epic Systems Corp. of Verona — is getting upbeat early reviews in its first tryout in Columbus, Ohio.

In fact, an executive of Leidos, Epic’s partner on the pilot project, is so confident about the success of the entire five-year, $624 million contract, he predicts the system can be rolled out at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics across the U.S. and its territories within two years at barely more than half the budgeted price.

“We communicated to the VA that we are able to do a national deployment in 24 months. We can do that for less than $350 million,” said Will Johnson, Leidos vice president for veterans health. Read the full story here.