Alaska Department of Health Issues Request for Proposals for Statewide Health Information Exchange Services – State of Reform

The Alaska Department of Health (DOH) released a request for proposals (RFP) for statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) services.

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The State is looking for a contractor to provide HIE services that provide secure and modern solutions and achieve optimal administrative results through technical support. The system will support health care providers and residents of Alaska.

DOH officials plan to budget $6 million for the HIE’s first two years of operation. Proposals that exceed $6 million during this period will be considered non-responsive. The budget for the remaining years of the contract will be determined at a later date. Approval of a contract will be subject to state legislative appropriation and the availability of federal funding.

Proposals must be received by 2 p.m. on August 15. Late proposals will be disqualified for evaluation. Proposals should be emailed to [email protected]. The technical proposal and the cost proposal must be sent in separate documents. The email should include the RFP number (2022-0600-5055) in the subject line. Emails cannot exceed 20 megabytes.

Contractors must have operational experience in providing HIE services in at least one State. The DOH expects initial assessments to be completed by August 26, with the intent to award an advisory expected to be released November 30. A contract is expected to be issued by December 13.

The DOH will hold a virtual educational meeting and pre-proposal conference from 10 a.m. to noon on July 18. Managers will discuss the work that will be done with potential contractors, answer questions about the RFP, and provide in-depth training on the RFP process. Those interested can call 907-202-7104. The conference call ID number is 204686279.

Alaska used Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act funding to contract HIE services since 2010, and approaching the end of this contract. The state will continue HIE’s ongoing support with funding for CMS’s Medicaid Management Information Systems and Enterprise Medicaid System.

Alaska has 11 nonfederal acute care hospitals offering a total of 1,290 staffed beds and 13 critical access hospitals. It has 58 tribal health centers, 160 tribal community health support clinics, and 5 residential drug treatment centers. Electronic health record systems currently in use in Alaskan healthcare facilities include Epic, Cerner, Athenahealth, Health Fusion, and Greenway Health.