Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Government RFP

Government To Request Proposals for Health IT System ModelMay 16, 2005
The federal government will request proposals for the creation of a prototype for a national health information network, Healthcare IT News reports. HHS will award as many as six one-year contracts to vendors to develop and evaluate a model. The government also will review state laws and business policies on privacy and security issues that interfere with data exchange, develop and test certification of electronic health records and develop a way to harmonize standards in health care software applications. It will award one three-year contract to develop, test and evaluate a harmonization process, Healthcare IT News reports. It also will award a three-year contract to develop and study the "feasibility and effectiveness of an EHR compliance certification and inspection process, including the infrastructure components through which electronic health records interoperate," according to a government notice. In addition, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will award up to 40 one-year contracts to assess state laws and business policies on privacy and security. Contractors then would come up with ways to deal with these issues, Healthcare IT News reports. The government did not specify how these projects would be financed, but congressional appropriators this year have set aside $32.8 million for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Healthcare IT News reports. The proposals will be due 30 days after the government issues its request (Broder, Healthcare IT News, 5/13).

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