PULSE Grant Funding Opportunity Released

The California Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority is seeking proposals for four contractors to participate in the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) Project. Participation would include attending planning workgroup meetings, onboard to PULSE, and participate in a PULSE Drill. The PULSE solution will provide interconnectivity and exchange tools to enable health information exchange to occur between Health Information Organizations (HIOs) during disaster situations.

PULSE will connect multiple local data sources (health information organizations and health systems) to a Health Information Exchange (HIE) interoperability broker (to be separately selected). During a disaster, the web portal will be activated, enabling healthcare professionals employed by health systems or participating with HIOs to access patient records through their existing systems. Other authorized healthcare professionals will be able to access the portal via a web portal user interface using single-sign-on assertion. This project will use exchange specifications, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) standards, and federated directory services enabled by the California Trusted Exchange Network (CTEN).

This local assistance funding supports collaborative solutions to integrate PULSE as a critical component of the health care system into the HIE landscape consistent with Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Grant 90IX006/01-00, awarded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for PULSE +EMS.

The EMS Authority anticipates making a minimum of four competitive awards of approximately $60,000 each. The application deadline is September 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

For a copy of the RFO which provides a detailed explanation of the intent, scope of work, deliverables, milestones, application and eligibility requirements, scoring criteria and timelines. Please contact Leslie Witten-Rood, Statewide HIE/EMS Program Manager, at leslie.witten@emsa.ca.gov.

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