HHS’s Indian Health Service issues RFI related to Health IT Modernization

RFI — IHS HIT Modernization; Solicitation Number: 18-236-SOL-00013; Agency: Department of Health and Human Services; Office: Indian Health Service

“This Request for Information (RFI) is part of a special IHS exploratory market research effort as part of the IHS Health Information Technology modernization effort to assess industry innovations and capabilities that might best address IHS’ emerging enterprise healthcare delivery and modernization needs…”

“Business functions currently supported by the RPMS include, but are not limited to: practice management, such as patient registration, scheduling, billing and accounts receivable, release of information; ancillary clinical applications, such as inpatient and outpatient pharmacy, e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), laboratory, radiology, image archiving, consults and referrals, terminology, telemedicine/telehealth, women’s care, dentistry, prenatal care, optometry, community care / purchase referred care (PRC)…”

“IHS’ objective is an effort to modernize, augment, or replace RPMS legacy health IT systems, including, but not limited to, its clinical, administrative, financial and HIT infrastructure…”

Submissions are due February 1, 2018.

Read more here.

G2X TAKE: After releasing and canceling an RFI this past summer, HHS IHS and the Reengineering of American Indian’s & Alaska Native’s Health IT Systems (RAINH) Program Management Office has released a revised RFI as this group evaluates next steps for modernizing their key Health IT systems.

Prior to the VA’s fairly recent announcement that they are moving away from VistA, a central component of the IHS technology makeup, to a Cerner based COTS solution, IHS leaders were already evaluating options for modernization. But, with VA, a primary and major supporter of the open source VistA solution, now expected to play a smaller role going forward, IHS may be forced to make bigger changes than they planned to, or can afford. Expect a lot of interest from the community on this one as respondents offer up a wide-range of solutions to meet emerging IHS needs, while recognizing budget constraints.  

In addition to Captain Mark Rives, Chief Information Officer and the Director of the Office of Information (OIT), one popular call that we are certain will be made in the months ahead is to now-former Veterans Affairs Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) Program Manager, Paul Kundtz, who recently took on a new role as Director of IT Operations at Indian Health Service.

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