The Defense Health Agency has awarded a $15.6 million contract under the Health IT Services Special Item Number (SIN) 132-56 on IT Schedule 70. It was the first time that a contract had been awarded using the program.
The contract was for an Enterprise Blood Management System. The system will “effectively manage and track blood donor registration, screening, blood products, and associated record keeping for military and civilian blood donors,” according to a blog post by the Government Service Agency.
The SIN Program’s Schedule 70 is a way for the government to award information technology contracts exclusively in the healthcare sector, and it has more than 170 company partners. It is available to federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and provides centralized, direct access to a distinct set of health IT services.
The schedule allows the GSA to quickly adapt to the changing healthcare marketplace. It can be used for connected health, electronic health records, emerging research, health analytics, health informatics, health information exchanges, innovative solutions, personal health information management and other health IT services.
Besides the Department of Defense, other agencies within the federal government are looking to utilize the SIN Program’s Schedule 70. They are: the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of State and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
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