*July 8, 2016 Update*
General Services Administration’s (GSA) IT Schedule 70 published Solicitation Refresh 38 on July 8, 2016. This refresh includes the new Health IT Special Item Number (SIN) 132-56.
Visit this FedBizOpps.gov link for IT Schedule 70 Refresh 38. Instructions published on the IT Schedule 70 Interact page for how to add the Health IT SIN or submit an offer to become a Schedule contractor. In preparation for the issuance of the IT Schedule 70 Health IT SIN 132-56, attached to this post are the following files:
- Health IT SIN FAStLane Program Offer and Modification Instruction Package which contains details information for current IT Schedule 70 contract holders as well new industry partners
- Health IT – FASt Lane Price Proposal Spreadsheet Template FINAL
*June 10, 2016 Update*
Draft Health Information Technology Services SIN 132-56 is finally posted on GSA Interact! GSA’s interactive forum to industry posted the draft Health IT SIN, June 7th.
GSA has been working with the DHS to migrate a proposed large IDIQ contract from a stand-alone contract to the GSA IT 70 contract. The Health IT Services SIN 132-56 is designed to allow vendors an opportunity to better manage patient care using innovative technologies and through an established contract vehicle.
As the distinction between Health IT services and other health services is growing, GSA is setting up a webinar for Vendors to discuss questions and concerns with Subject Mater Experts.
The Webinar will follow this outline:
- the solicitation as it relates to Health IT (the SIN definition and changes to the provisions);
- how Industry Partners and customer agencies can benefit from the new SIN;
- answers to questions raised in the RFI responses; and
- next steps for moving the Health IT SIN into the marketplace.
- The last 30 minutes of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A.
Register for the Health IT webinar scheduled for June 21, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT.
- Schedule 70 MassModification Health IT SIN – Significant Changes Document
- IT Schedule 70 Health Information Technology Fact Sheet
If you have any other question about the GSA Health IT Services SIN, prior or following the GSA webinar; please don’t hesitate to contact Coley.
Health IT SIN to Schedule 70 Announcement
GSA announced its plan to move forward with the addition of Health IT SIN to Schedule 70 in June 2015 through its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. The announcement came after a noticeable increase in demand for Health IT products and services after $31 billion dollar were spent in 2015. GSA is projecting annual growth rate of 7.4%. There are over 4,700 IT contractors and of those approximately 85% of all GSA contracts are held by small businesses. Health IT SIN will provide a choice selection of vendors with the corporate experience, viable technology,sup and skilled staff best suited to implement solutions for the healthcare environment.
Federal Regulations & Laws
All GSA contractors are required to comply with various regulations, including:
- Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act;
- The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA);
- The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA);
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Additionally, the products and solutions under the new Health IT SIN will need to comply with commercial Health IT standards and accepted industry guidelines and federal agency guidelines, including:
- Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology Interoperability Roadmap;
- Federal Health IT Strategic Plan;
- Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Schedule 70 Health IT SIN Definition
Includes a wide range of commercially available Health IT products and services required by federal agencies such as, management, operations, maintenance, development and integration, hardware and software solutions, interoperability, mobility, security, data management, big data, analytics, connected health, electronic record sharing and maintenance, electronic medical records, health information exchanges, population analytics, virtual health / tele‐health delivery, personal health information management, cloud‐based services, remote monitoring devices, assistive technologies, sensors, innovative research and emerging technologies that form the basis for Health IT.
NOTE: The Health IT SIN also includes hardware and software products and services available to improve healthcare access, quality control, reduction of health care and IT costs, improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery, increase access to care, enhance individual and population health wellness, reduce Health IT implementation risk, cybersecurity, information assurance, encryption, enable information sharing across clinicians, patients, and health professionals for care delivery, and improve the patient experience and engagement. Additional services include medical logistics, imaging and reporting, development of innovative IT solutions that improve health service and digitize health information, implementation of technologies that enable health care provider collaboration and decision making, delivery of clinical services, medical research, and health life cycle solutions.
Key Benefits of Adding a Health IT SIN
- Consolidate health IT services currently offered on IT Schedule 70 into a single point.
- Improve ease of customer access through GSA systems such as eBuy and GSA Advantage! For health IT market research & acquisition planning.
- Provide value‐add to customers by establishing high level criteria that differentiates between technologies available through the health IT SIN versus other SINs offering non‐health IT services.
- Drive visibility into health IT sales for IT Schedule 70 for reporting and better understanding of GSA’s market share for Health IT.
- Allow for tracking of Health IT spend data.
Applying for Health IT SIN
New vendors interested in obtaining a GSA Schedule must prepare and respond to the IT Schedule 70 solicitation found on FedBizOpps.
Existing GSA Schedule holders will be required to submit a modification to GSA through eMod. Vendors are required to demonstrate capabilities and past performance with strong experience with Health IT leading practices and commercial industry standards.
- Information to be provided to GSA:
- Relevant Project Experience – Provide a narrative of three (3) relevant Health IT projects where the vendor acted as the prime. Subcontracting project experience will not be accepted.
- Pricing Support – Invoices to substantiate proposed prices.
- Descriptions – Labor category and/or product descriptions.
- NAICS – Applicable NAICS must be listed in SAM.gov
- Product Offerings – The Electronic Medial Records products must be ONC Health IT certified.
Additional Health IT SIN benefits
Many GSA Schedule holders have IT qualifications, but may not have Health IT specific knowledge or expertise, which is essential in supporting Health IT initiatives. Health IT SIN will be an important vehicle or medium for Federal agencies to request innovative solutions and thereby receive support and contributions from companies who are non-traditional system integrators focused on clinical and business related Health IT. Vendors will be given the opportunity to obtain additional opportunities with Federal, State and local government.
GSA will publish a draft solicitation to GSA IT Schedule 70 Interact webpage on April 22nd. The final solicitation will be published on May 30th. If you’re looking to expand your Health IT offerings to the Federal government, this is a perfect time. Contact us at 210-402-6766 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice President for Coley GCS, LLC, a Government Contracts Consulting, Coaching and Training company. Daniel is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) and leads the day-to-day operations of Coley’s consulting practice. He has two decades of experience with the acquisition, management, and marketing of Federal, State, and Local government contracts. Daniel specializes in all aspects of GSA Schedules management and marketing and has helped hundreds of Coley clients remain compliant with the terms of their GSA contract while helping them expand their business.