Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cal eConnect Requests Responses

Cal eConnect a non-profit public benefit corporation designated by the State of California is leading a collaborative process to develop HIE polices and services in the state and has announced several new initiatives geared to stakeholders and vendors.

Applying for additional funding through the HHS Challenge program now available can help Cal eConnect. The funding is available through the Office of the Coordinator (ONC) and ONC will accept one application from the State of California in collaboration with Cal eConnect and community partners.

At this time, Cal eConnect is seeking brief proposals from stakeholders interested in partnering with Cal OHII and Cal eConnect.

The following areas can be included in the application:

• Achieving health goals through health information exchange
• Improving long-term and post-acute care transitions
• Consumer-mediated information exchange
• Enabling enhanced query for patient care
• Fostering distributed population-level analytics

Cal eConnect is only able to receive funding in two areas, but is eligible to apply for all 5 areas. Applications are due to ONC on January 5, 2010. A letter of intent has already been submitted to ONC.

Total funding for this initiative is $16,296,562. Awards will range between $1 million and $2 million each and will be in the form of supplemental funding. Only direct award recipients of the State health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program may apply.

The applications from stakeholders need to be submitted to Sheri DeWeerd, Cal eConnect Senior Project Manager at no later than midnight on Monday December 13, 2010.

On December 10, 2010, Cal eConnect posted a Request for Quotation (RFQ-2010-003) seeking assistance from a consultant to provide information technology support services for their computer-based technologies system. Support is needed for hardware and software to ensure the proper implementation of new technologies, to address general management and operation issues, and to maintain the system.

Responses to the RFQ are due to Cal eConnect by 5pm on December 27, 2010 and the vendor will be selected by December 31, 2010. To view the RFQ go to then go to Plans and Projects and click on RFI/RFP/RFQ.

On December 8, 2010, Cal eConnect released a Request for Offers entitled “Medical Laboratory Assessment, Medi-Cal, and Field Licensing Survey and Planning Services Project” (RFO-2010-002). The RFO seeks an experienced professional either an individual or a firm to work with Cal eConnect and collaborate with the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services (managing the Medi-Cal program), State of California, local Public Health Departments, and the Lab Field Services Licensing program. The plan is to identify what is needed by the state to establish ELINCS as California’s standard specification for the electronic exchange of medical laboratory test results.

The contractor will develop a project plan, perform an environmental scan, provide recommendations validated with stakeholder input, and produce a roadmap to successfully encourage ELINCS as the state’s gold standard specification for electronic delivery of laboratory test results.

The RFO is due on January 10, 2011. To view the RFO, go to For questions, email Susan Huffman at and include “RFO Lab Assessment and Planning Services” in the subject area.