ANALYSIS: Four Fed Health IT Firms who came out swinging in 2016
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While some hibernated over the long holiday and ate a bit too much fruitcake, these four Federal Health IT focused firms were busy making the types of investments and big moves that should position them for a run in 2016 and beyond.
NetImpact Strategies (www.netimpactstrategies.com)
CEO, Kavita Kalatur and her team are off to a quick start in 2016 as this 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) focused on Strategy, IT Solutions, Business Management, and Business Transformation, made several key investments to position for the new year. In addition to the hiring of Veteran BD Exec, Steve Furman, in December, NetImpact announced that Stephanie Wilson was joining as the Chief Strategy Officer in early January.
The size of action to qualify for this list should be commensurate with the size of the company and no one is going to argue that Leidos has shown they have come to play. The deal this group pulled off to combine with Lockheed takes Leidos from being a major Federal Health IT player to being one of the most feared competitors. In addition to this big news, Leidos continues to win, capturing several key contracts to close out 2015, including the MyHealtheVet PMO support contract and one for the the Blood Bank maintenance program. Between leading implementation for what is arguably the most ambitious HIT program ever in DHMSM and this huge acquisition, Leidos leadership will have their hands full in 2016.
It has been a busy year for this 8(a) who seemingly came out of nowhere 10 months ago to win the CMS Healthcare Quality Information Systems (HCQIS) Infrastructure and Data Center Support (HIDS) contract, which was expected to result in 3 new locations and the hiring of nearly 300 staff members. With 2016 upon us, Ventech has now shifted its sights onto future growth and just this month announced the addition of two fast rising BD executives in Laura Bennett and Jason Cullum to lead Federal Health BD efforts, while projecting to double headcount at their Columbus, OH based headquarters. Ventech has been vocal about their aspirations for growth and they came into 2016 ready to go.
This VA T4 and CIO-SP3 SB prime has had more than its fair share of success as one of the SDVOSB awardees on the original T4 contract, but CEO, Nadeem Butler clearly has his sights set on growth. Technatomy closed out fiscal and calendar year nicely by securing several key wins, but the more interesting news came in December when leadership announced a major investment by forming and launching a new separate research and development division called IntrafaciX . There is a tremendous cost and level of planning that goes into these types of endeavors, and it speaks to Technatomy’s goals of being able to meet emerging Federal Health IT needs. Definitely worth watching to see how this group uses this capability as they go-to market in 2016.
Other notable firms who are coming out of the gate strong include: Arch Systems, Aquilent, Unissant, Apex Data Solutions, Booz Allen and CACI. A couple of these firms were highlighted as part of the 5 who came to play this Fall article released in November.
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