The U.S. Homeland Security Department is moving ahead with plans to install an electronic health-record system at 21 healthcare delivery sites at detention centers run by its Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and staffed by its Health Service Corps.
Homeland Security seeks EHR provider
Details of a request for white papers from potential bidders are posted at the FedBizOpps.gov website. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 1. Bidders will be notified by Sept. 15 if they've made it through the first round of the bidding process. No final date for a contract award was posted.
According to the notice, the Homeland Security Department is looking for either a commercial off-the-shelf or government off-the-shelf software-as-a-service solution requiring minimal customization.
White papers should describe the prospective providers' ability "to adapt quickly to evolving requirements, to integrate with existing and emerging technical architecture components, to provide an intuitive user experience" and to configure their solutions remotely.
The department is proposing a one-year base contract capped at $9.3 million, with an optional one-year renewal subject to funding availability. The EHR system should be rolled out in one year.
Submitted EHR products must be certified by an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology-accredited testing and certification body as capable of meeting the meaningful-use requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to bid documents.
The ICE Health Service Corps has a staff of more than 900, including U.S. Public Health Service-commissioned officers, federal civil servants and contract support staff, according to the organization's website. The corps provides care for about 32,000 people in detention.
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