The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking an interface that would allow clinicians and staff to access its health information system via mobile devices, according to a recently updated request for proposals, NextGov reports (Pulley, NextGov, 8/20).
The Coast Guard's Integrated Health Information System is based on Epic's electronic health record system.
According to the RFP, the Coast Guard is seeking a vendor to provide:
- Wireless networks that can be integrated with the Coast Guard's wired network;
- A server that can support mobile VPN access to the Coast Guard's health information system;
- User authentication for access to the health information system; and
- Mobile device software (Mosquera, Government Health IT, 8/21).
The RFP states that the mobile interface must be able to work with tablet computers, as well as Apple iOS and Android smartphone platforms (NextGov, 8/20).
The Coast Guard plans to pilot the mobile interface at three clinics in Washington, D.C., Maryland and West Virginia. When the system is ready for full deployment, the selected vendor will send installation kits and mobile devices to the remaining clinics, according to the RFP.
The Coast Guard intends to award a one-year contract for the project, with the option of four more contract years. Proposals are due Aug. 29 (Government Health IT, 8/21).