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D -- Accelerating Public Health Situational Awareness Through Health Information Exchanges

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Solicitation Notice
541990 — All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
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Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Procurement and Grants Office (Atlanta), 2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, GA, 30341-4146, UNITED STATES
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The National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) in the Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service (CCHIS) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), intends to compete a requirement for services and supplies to establish and manage or enhance existing Health Information Exchanges (HIE) to exchange information between clinical care and public health to support public health situational awareness. It is anticipated that more than one cost reimbursement development type contract will be awarded for a 5-year period with performance beginning on or about August 31, 2007. HIE and Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) will be referred to as "HIE" throughout this document. Data to support the nation's public health needs increasingly can be derived from electronic health systems that support clinical care. Local health systems, often funded by grants from state or federal agencies, are now forming organizations to actuate the exchange of health data among participating entities. The focus of these HIEs has mostly been on clinical health information exchange with limited emphasis on biosurveillance or simultaneous reporting to local and state public health departments. Additional investment in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) is needed to support HIE services for early detection and rapid response to potentially catastrophic infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Given the need to network systems, CDC has leveraged the BioSense program to quickly improve the nation's capabilities for real-time biosurveillance and health situational awareness. Since inception, BioSense has focused on harmonizing data at the hospital and hospital system level for reporting to CDC with simultaneous reporting to state and local health departments. This requirement accelerates BioSense connectivity by supporting reporting of ambulatory care and emergency department visit, utilization and lab result data from electronically enabled health care delivery and public health systems to an HIE for harmonization, exchange, and event detection. Successful HIEs will be required to participate in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) process (meetings, specification development and interoperability testing) to be established in a separate NHIN request for proposals to be published spring 2007. Successful HIEs will also need to use the relevant data and technical standards identified by the Health Information Technology and Standards Panel (HITSP) Interoperability Specifications for the fulfillment of this activity. Data to support early detection, situational awareness, and rapid response management will be shared (appropriately anonymized and in standard format) with authorized Public Health Agencies and care delivery communities. Public health emergencies with high-risk of impact on morbidity and mortality such as season influenza, and other infectious diseases, will be of particular focus. The primary goal of this five-year effort is to facilitate innovations or proof-of-concept in public health within HIEs with the goals of supporting public health emergencies, enhancing biosurveillance capabilities, and field-testing the Minimum Data Set accepted by American Health Information Community (AHIC). Support will be provided for up to 15 HIEs to establish or enhance public health use of clinical and other health information for purposes of biosurveillance and outbreak detection. Awards will be made to established HIEs to identify innovations to improve the operation of information technology systems, facilitate the secure exchange of data and information, and train personnel to enhance the operation of the system to integrate public health reporting into the HIE. Awards will also be made to less established HIEs to implement existing technology, policy, and governance rules to integrate public health into the HIE (proof-of-concept). The contractor's primary goal will be to improve public health situational awareness capability through an interoperable network of systems to share data and information to enhance early detection, rapid response to, and management of public health emergencies. This typically involves collaboration with state, local, and tribal public health officials (or regional representation), regional clinical care and public health care providers, and staff to provide technical and administrative services for project planning and logistics, training and communications, data collection, management and analysis, data privacy and security, data sharing agreements and related support activities. Responses by Facsimile (Fax) will not be accepted. All vendors/prospective contractors must be registered with the Central Contractors Registration (www.ccr.gov) prior to award date. If not registered or active by that date, vendor proposals will be considered non-responsive. It is anticipated that a solicitation for this requirement will be posted to FedBizopps on or after 4/16/2007. Inquiries may be sent to the attention of the Contracting Officer: Vivian S. Hubbs, Phone 770-488-2647, email VHubbs@cdc.gov. If the Contracting Officer isn't available, please contact the Team Leader, Lorenzo Falgiano.
Place of Performance
Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Public Health Informatics (NCPHI) 1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA
Zip Code: 30329
SN01261870-W 20070331/070329220503 (fbodaily.com)
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