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Request for Proposals
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is accepting proposals for
Small Business Innovative Research Program, Phase I.
Solicitation Number AHRQ-00-0006; 100-percent Small Business Set Aside under
Sic Code 7379-Offers are solicited from small business concerns only.
Proposal Due: August 21, 2000, 3:00 P.M., local prevailing time
Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Division of
Contracts Management, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 601, Rockville, MD
20852; fax (301) 443-7523.
The synopsis for this requirement was published in the Commerce Business
Daily on July 3, 2000. The solicitation was issued on 19 July 2000. Full
text can be downloaded from the AHRQ Web site. Select to access Downloading
Information. Printed copies are also available by writing to the above
address. No telephone requests for the RFP will be accepted.
It is anticipated that 5-7 contracts will be awarded for the Phase I period.
It is anticipated that award of this contract will take place in September
The solicitation invites proposals in the following topic area:
- Developing Tools to Enhance Quality and Patient Safety Through
The application of information technology (such as computerized
decision-support systems, computerized physician order entry, integrated
information systems, and electronic medical records) to health care represents
an opportunity to:
- Improve quality of care.
- Enhance patient safety.
- Prevent errors across the full spectrum of care, in various
settings and in transition across settings.
For example, the use of information technology applications in primary care
practice, such as the remote monitoring of patient conditions and electronically
secure exchange of patient health data can enhance access to care, ensure
safety, and improve health care quality.
The Agency seeks Phase I SBIR proposals that have the capability to:
- Develop tools for home and remote monitoring of patients (e.g.,
laboratory and physiologic monitoring).
- Develop open source applications that allow patients to share
medical records with their health care providers.
- Develop information technology and Internet-based tools that
enhance patient-provider connectivity.
- Develop hand-held device applications for patients and providers.
- Develop information technology and decision support tools that
enhance patient self-care, patient safety, and management of chronic
In Phase I, the contractor will determine factors important in the
development of these tools and devices. Offerors should propose an approach or
combination of approaches for identifying these factors. Some approaches include
focus groups, literature reviews, secondary data analysis, and other techniques
appropriate for Phase I contracts. The contractor will develop prototype tools
and devices, such as technologies that link patients with their health care
providers and their health care systems, and computer-based and Internet-based
In Phase II the offeror should expand the prototype to include all key areas
identified in Phase I. Beta testing is to be completed. The final product should
be adaptable to a variety of health care settings, conditions, and for diverse
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Current as of July 2000