HHS seeks bids to create health care IT resource center

The Health and Human Services Department's research arm released a request for proposals today to establish a health care IT resource center.

The resource center will support groups that receive grants later this year from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The grants will be for projects demonstrating improved patient safety and quality of care with health care IT.

AHRQ anticipates that the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will have a base period of two years with three option years. The entire contract is valued at $18.6 million. Proposals are due July 29 with contract award scheduled to be made by Sept. 30.

The agency may add tasks and funding next year to support HHS efforts to accelerate diffusion of health care IT, and create community and local health information infrastructures as part of its plan for a national health information infrastructure to enable patient information transfer among multiple providers.

The center will provide technical assistance and consultations, and act as a repository for best practices for grantees, including:

  • coordinating IT data interoperability demonstration projects in five states and regions

  • supporting electronic health records collaboration among Indian Health Service sites and federally supported health centers, such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Veterans Affairs Department

  • recommending knowledge representation standards and approaches for clinical decision-making processes and systems

  • establishing a community of practice, workgroups and other collaborative efforts to promote the development of local health information infrastructures.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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