5 Federal Health IT Groups who came to play the first half of 2016

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G2X TAKE: 2016 has been a year of change with several stepping up and making the investments needed to become big winners. Included here are five groups who came to play in the first half of 2016 (one of which is not a government contractor) along with several others who are making big moves. 

Information Innovators, Inc. (Triple-i) 

One of the original SDVOSB awardees on T4, Triple-i has experienced rapid growth. Not only have they continued to win their fair share of VA T4 task orders, but they have done an excellent job of expanding their footprint outside of Veterans Affairs. Some of this growth is due in part to key acquisitions made more than a year ago, such as the additions of a former T4 large prime, CCSI, as well as a FDA mainstay, GlobalNet Services, Inc. (GNSI). Triple-i recently added former HHS and FDA CIO, Melissa Chapman, to serve as Vice President of Business Development and Capture. In addition to securing a prime spot on VA T4NG early this year, Triple I recently secured a prime award on the $25B CMS SPARC IDIQ and a $100M single award BPA to support FDA.

The Veterans Affairs TAC 

Yes, we are including the VA’s Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) here, the group that led the solicitation and subsequent award of the $22.3B T4NG contract. Where other Federal contracting shops have struggled or even failed, the TAC managed to quietly push through what is arguably the most competitive and closely watched IDIQ contract out there, while hitting nearly every deadline on their schedule. Led by Phyllis Bower, this group out of Eatontown, NJ continues to show why the VA selected them to lead many of their key acquisition efforts. It is hard not to be impressed. 

Halfaker 

Led by Dawn Halfaker, this SDVOSB, WOSB, and 8(a) prime continues to exceed expectation across the board and, due to several investments that have paid off, are positioned to experience incredible growth in the years ahead. Having recently secured a prime spot on the $22.3B VA T4NG contract and a prime position on the $25B SPARC IDIQ out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, this group has been aggressively adding senior resources to help support their growth. This includes adding Rob Sherry as their new VP for Growth, Lauren Morgan to serve as VP of Capture and Proposal and veteran Federal Health IT Executive, Quintus Brown, who has already helped Halfaker to recently secure a $75M award at FDA for the CDRH Submission Tracking and Reporting (CSTAR) contract.

Attain 

Led by Manish Agarwal, this CIO-SP3 SB prime recognized as a recipient of the 2015 Consulting Magazine’s Seven Small Jewels award, has continued to make key investments this past year that position Attain as a rising player across the Federal Health IT landscape. This includes the addition of Tony Meyer, former HIMSS NCA President to spearhead business development initiatives within Attain's Federal Health Group. This group is believed to have been the key driving force behind a prime unrestricted award on the $25B SPARC contract as part of the Aligned Evolution bid and the Attain team was recently awarded top honors at the FedHealthIT awards for their role supporting the Defense Health Agency to deliver the Interagency Comprehensive Plan for Care Coordination Support IT Solution.

TurningPoint Global Solutions 

The only recently graduated small business, TurningPoint Global Solutions, showed it is savvy by not only winning a large business slot on the $25B CMS SPARC contract, but also in securing a small business position as part of a Joint Venture with FedPoint. TurningPoint has grown largely based on their reputation for delivering and recently were recognized with a FedHealthIT Innovation Award for their participation in the CMS Advanced Provider Screening Solution. With recent awards, such as a $30M contract for support of the National Plan & Provider Enumeration System and an IV&V contract in support of the high profile CMS Federally Facilitated Exchange (FFE); along with a portfolio of other Federal Health agency clients, this firm is well positioned for growth and will receive a lot of attention as a potential partner at CMS.


Other notable firms who are coming out of the gate strong this year include:

Favor TechConsulting (FTC) – Making big investments and securing early wins on T4NG

CSRA – This group just wins. Huge contract awards, T4NG and two spots on CMS SPARC

TISTA – T4NG and SPARC winners and added Roger Sam. In very good shape for FY 17

Liberty IT – Their understanding of VA gives them an early advantage on T4NG and they are showing it

Leidos – With the upcoming acquisition of the Lockheed/SMS Health group, will be a force to reckon with

eGlobalTech – Sonya makes big investments. Prime Unrestricted Award on SPARC and launched DevOps factory

Visual Connections – SPARC Prime award winner. Launches Healthcare Advisory Group with former CMS Execs.

KGS – One of the key subs to many T4 primes, Ned built a team to win T4NG and they did. Will be a competitor


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