To attract health information technology vendors and buyers to the federal marketplace, the General Services Administration plans to include a special item number (SIN) for health IT offerings on its IT Schedule 70—the largest, and most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government.

GSA published a request for information on June 16 to seek public and private sector input on the proposed health IT SIN. These numbers are designed to group similar technology offerings for the government and to make it easier for buyers to compare product costs and features. According to GSA, the health IT market is “sufficiently mature” for this SIN to attract both vendors and government buyers to its IT Schedule 70, which provides technology products and services to federal, state, and local governments.

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“The term ‘health information technology’ (health IT or HIT) is a broad concept that encompasses an array of technologies to store, share, and analyze health information,” states the GSA announcement. “GSA’s schedule contractors offer a wide range of products, technologies and services such as electronic record sharing and maintenance, mobile technologies, cloud-based services, remote monitoring devices, assistive technologies and sensors that form the basis for HIT. GSA is proposing the creation of a new Special Item Number under IT Schedule 70 to align current GSA IT offerings with health IT.” 

According to GSA, the proposed SIN will “increase visibility and access of health IT computing services to customer agencies, and provide industry partners the opportunity to differentiate their health IT services from other IT related products and services.” In addition, the effort is meant to “support the federal Health IT Strategic Plan to expand adoption of health IT, advance secure health information and strengthen healthcare delivery.”

Responses to the RFI are due by July 7.

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