EMSA Releases RFO # C16-046 for a PULSE Operator due to EMSA October 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time

The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is seeking proposals for a contractor to serve as the Operator of the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE). The PULSE Operator will receive the PULSE system that includes interoperability components to search for, retrieve, and display health information for evacuees and victims during a disaster. The PULSE Operator will have the responsibility for establishing secure test and production hosting environments for the PULSE system, installing and testing its functionality in both environments, integrating with external systems.

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 single, competitive award up to $312,000. The application deadline is October 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm Pacific Time.

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 go to the EMSA website at http://www.emsa.ca.gov or you may contact Leslie Witten-Rood, Statewide HIE/EMS Program Manager, at leslie.witten@emsa.ca.gov.

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