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FBO DAILY ISSUE OF OCTOBER 16, 2008 FBO #2516
SOURCES SOUGHT

R -- AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology

Notice Date
10/14/2008
 
Notice Type
Sources Sought
 
NAICS
541611 — Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
 
Contracting Office
Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Contracts Management, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland, 20850
 
ZIP Code
20850
 
Solicitation Number
AHRQ-09-10003
 
Archive Date
11/11/2008
 
Point of Contact
Sharon L. Williams,, Phone: 301-427-1781
 
E-Mail Address
sharon.williams@ahrq.hhs.gov
 
Small Business Set-Aside
N/A
 
Description
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is conducting a market survey to seek potential small business sources, including 8(a), small disadvantaged, HUBZone, woman-owned business and service disabled veteran-owned small business, for a contract to renew, improve and implement an AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology (NRC) over the next five years (2009-2013). AHRQ is seeking potential sources from qualified small business firms under NAICS Code 541611 (size standard - $7 million) which can demonstrate the capacity to perform the required tasks in one or more of the domains described below. AHRQ anticipates there will be multiple base contracts awarded in each domain with subsequent task orders (or delivery orders) to be awarded against the base contracts. In 2004, AHRQ established the NRC to advance the goals of DHHS and AHRQ for improving health care quality through the best and most effective use of health IT. The NRC is a central national source of information and assistance to help our Nation embrace the power and efficiency of health information technology. The NRC provides direct technical assistance and consulting services to AHRQ and other federal projects involved in developing, testing, and using health IT applications and health IT implementations and use to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care. In doing so, the NRC is helping to build the Nation's capacity across health care settings - large and small, urban and rural - for the effective use of health IT. In addition, the NRC serves as the link between the health care community at large and the researchers and experts who are on the front lines of health IT. As the main dissemination vehicle for lessons learned from AHRQ's health IT portfolio, the NRC encourages adoption of health IT by disseminating the latest tools, best practices, and research results from this unique real-world laboratory. By providing direct technical assistance to AHRQ's and other federal health IT projects and supporting effective dissemination of lessons learned, the NRC maximizes the benefit of the Agency's and associated federal investments in health IT for health care providers, payers, patients, and policymakers at all levels. The NRC supports grantees and contractors of various AHRQ and other federal partners Health Information Technology (health IT) program initiatives with a variety of services including: providing technical assistance or consultative support, as appropriate; coordinating the activities of grantees and projects across the Agency’s and other federal health IT initiatives; disseminating best practices; developing, maintaining and exporting executable knowledge for clinicians and patients; offering expert health IT support for providers and communities; facilitating communication and sharing of ideas among grantees; performing and sponsoring educational activities; and developing and disseminating tools to help providers and organizations utilize health IT to improve patient safety and quality of care in their communities. A key role of the NRC will be to provide support on methods of planning and implementing health IT; determining the benefits and value of health IT; collecting and aggregating research data; use of information technology, networks, connectivity, hardware, software, interoperability and standards; fiscal matters relating to health IT; sustainability strategies; use and understanding of research methods (including behavioral and social research methods); methods for addressing issues raised by institutional review boards (including protection of the privacy and confidentiality of patient-level research data); compliance with current regulations, and methods organizations can use to assure that health IT research and project findings and lessons learned are translated into practice. The NRC contract will be a 1 year base contract with 4 option years. The contract will be structured into the following 4 Domains: (1) Health IT Program Management, Guidance, Assessment & Planning; (2) Health IT Technical Assistance, Content Development, Program Related Projects & Studies; (3) Health IT Dissemination, Communication and Marketing; and (4) Health IT Portal Infrastructure Management & Website Design & Usability Support. AHRQ anticipates awarding multiple competitive contracts in each Domain area. The approximate number of anticipated awards is as follows: Domain 1 – up to 5 contracts; Domain 2– up to 10 contracts; Domain 3 – up to 5 contracts; Domain 4 – up to 10 contracts. However, these are estimates only and the Agency reserves the right to award more or fewer contracts per Domain area. Teaming among small businesses is encouraged. Sources must have an understanding of and experience in the following for each of the Domain areas. Sources may apply as a contractor for one or more Domain areas, depending on interests and qualifications. For Domain (1) Health IT Program Management, Guidance, Assessment & Planning, the contractor should have the ability to effectively manage complex projects, demonstrate organizational structure and capabilities to meet project milestones in a timely manner, manage resources and cost expenditures, and adhere to performance based contracting and earned value management contracting. Also, experience managing health IT projects, managing stakeholder input mechanisms, and coordinating numerous complex work efforts across multiple contractors and organizations is desired. Demonstration of extensive project management expertise and experience for large complex government contracts is required (5-10 government contracts of at least $40 million per contract). Key personnel should include a Project Director with a PhD or MD or equivalent experience and have specialized experience with Health IT. For Domain (2) Health IT Technical Assistance, Content Development, Program Related Projects & Studies, the contractor should have the ability to effectively perform technical assistance, or establish and support collaborative efforts among government, academic and other public and private organizations, or develop and evaluate Health IT tools and products, or develop content and syntheses of Health IT topics, project results and best practices, or perform Health IT research, development and implementation projects and studies, or new visionary approaches for applying Health IT, particularly involving ambulatory safety and quality, patient safety, electronic health records, clinical decision support, electronic prescribing, health information exchange, clinical and methodological research, and other related Health IT areas. Key personnel for Domain 2 should include a Project Director with a PhD or MD or equivalent and have specialized experience with Health IT. For Domain (3) Health IT Dissemination, Communication and Marketing, the contractor should have the ability to effectively perform dissemination, communication and marketing of AHRQ and other federal Health IT research and project results, and the ability to create varied and appropriate dissemination products and vehicles, determine website content user needs and requirements, and convene Health IT expert panels and meetings. Key personnel for Domain 3 should include a Project Director with have specialized experience with marketing, dissemination and communication in areas involving Health IT. For Domain (4) Health IT Portal Infrastructure Management & Website Design & Usability Support, the contractor should have the ability to effectively manage and operate websites and collaborative portals, establish and operate knowledge management databases and related capabilities, perform website usability studies, perform website user requirements analyses, adhere to federal 508, privacy and security regulations, design websites, create website graphics, and design and develop Web 2.0 features for the portal. Specific knowledge of the Oracle BEA ALUI (WebCenter Interaction) portal product, Oracle WebCenter Document Management features, and the ability and extensive experience with developing, operating and managing websites based on this technology is highly desired. Contractors are sought who have specific knowledge in one or more of these areas. Key personnel for Domain 4 should include a technical and management staff with at least 5 years direct experience with these technologies. Interested SMALL BUSINESSES ONLY should submit capability statements (no more than 25 pages in length) for each Domain for which they are interested in being considered. Capability statements should be submitted by e-mail to: Sharon Williams, Contracting Officer, at sharon.williams@ahrq.hhs.gov Capability statements must specifically address the requirements of this notice and clearly identify the firm’s capabilities to meet the criteria for the Domain for which they are applying for including, but not limited to, information on key staff experience and education and a description of corporate experience with similar projects. Generic corporate brochures which do not address the requirements of the Domain for which the firm wishes to be considered will not be considered to be responsive to this market survey. Capability statements must be received no later than 12:00 noon, (EST), on Monday, October 27, 2008.
 
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