Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for commercial products to replace the existing Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS). This is the next step in the IHS Health Information Technology (IT) Modernization Program.
In April 2021, the IHS first initiated the process of fully replacing the existing RPMS. The Health IT Modernization Program operates in five stages: Research, Plan, Buy and Build, Deploy, and Operate. In the “Plan” phase, the IHS created a governing body for the Modernization Program, and engaged in a series of Tribal consultations, Urban Confers, and Listening Sessions. The release of the RFP marks the beginning of the “Buy and Build” phase. USET SPF has consistently monitored the rollout of IHS’ Health IT Modernization Program, including providing advocacy around regional priorities and concerns.
The RFP, entitled, “RFP for Indian Health Service HIT Modernization”, was posted online on August 4, 2022. Frequent review of the RFP website is encouraged, as there may be new information posted periodically.
As part of the RFP evaluation process, there will be an opportunity to review video demonstrations of the potential products presented by the vendors. The IHS plans to engage health IT system users from IHS, Tribal and Urban Indian Organization (UIO) sites to assist with these reviews. In the coming weeks, the IHS will solicit individuals from IHS/Tribal/Urban sites to serve in the review process as “Advisors.” These individuals should be health IT users without conflicting interests in the procurement process. More information on the Advisor process is forthcoming from IHS.
For more information, please contact Ashton Martin, USET SPF Health Policy Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org.