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Request for Proposals

Solicitation No. AHRQ-00-0009 (Full and Open Competition, with recommended small business goals)

Proposals Due: July 31, 2000

Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Division of Contracts Management, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 601, Rockville, MD 20852

The synopsis for this requirement was published in the Commerce Business Daily on May 30, 2000. The solicitation issue date is June 14, 2000. Full text can be downloaded from the AHRQ Web site. Select to access Downloading Information. Printed copies are not available. If you have any trouble downloading this solicitation, please contact Sharon Williams, Contracting Officer, (301) 427-1781; or by E-mail:

It is anticipated that multiple award, task order contracts will be made under this solicitation for a one-year period, with one option year.

Background and Purpose: The threat of bioterrorist attacks has stimulated planning by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS plans involve various elements of the public health and medical care systems in preparing for and responding to weapons of mass destruction. The objectives of this contract are:

  1. To describe and evaluate approaches to preparedness for bioterrorism that are based upon information systems.
  2. To determine the best ways to train clinicians to diagnose and manage rare events, specifically including infectious diseases that may have resulted from the release of a biological weapon.
  3. To develop some model hospital plans (for institutions providing different levels of care or with different numbers of beds, e.g., secondary, as compared with tertiary care facilities) for managing massive numbers of casualties, including cases that would require inpatient care.
  4. To develop alternative models that would allow local health providers and institutions to use off-site, non-medical care facilities to provide care to large numbers of people.
  5. To identify strategies that will help the medical care community forge links with the local health department and, through the local health department, with public health officials at the state and federal levels.
  6. To identify effective means of promoting the development of links between the medical and public health communities and local emergency preparedness planning bodies.
  7. To model capacity, costs, and impact of a bioterrorist event on hospitals and integrated delivery systems.

The following are examples of topics that may result in a task order. These are provided as examples only and are not necessarily indicative of actual topics:

  1. Assessing what can be learned about Internet-based decision-support systems in other fields in order to illuminate the development of decision-support systems for clinical care in general and bioterrorism response in particular.
  2. Delineating a model prototype for preparing a state to respond to a bioterrorist threat or attack.
  3. Developing and evaluating clinical surveillance and detection systems to detect emerging infectious diseases and other rare events, with particular emphasis on the adaptation of existing clinical systems to detect possible bioterrorism.
  4. Evaluating existing systems of surveillance and decision support (e.g., poison-control centers, CDC botulism surveillance, ProMed, and military systems) to support detection and management of unusual clinical events.
  5. Supporting development of decision-support systems that could be used to aid clinicians at the point of care with special emphasis on the requirements of the system for reconfiguration to deal with bioterrorism.
  6. Determining the utility, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of training simulations, including review of the experience in other industries.
  7. Reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of current programs of training and education about bioterrorism.
  8. Identifying the best approaches to reaching front-line clinicians with appropriate training about bioterrorism.
  9. Modeling the capacity, costs, and impact of a bioterrorist event on hospitals and integrated delivery systems.

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