First Big Award Under GSA’s Health IT

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The first major award using the new Health IT Services Special Item Number (SIN) 132-56 on GSA IT Schedule 70, has been made by the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI) was awarded a multi-year, $15.6 million task order to provide transfusion sustainment services for the Department of Defense (DoD)’s Enterprise Blood Management System (EBMS).

At this time, 27 RFQs/RFIs have been posted under the Health IT SIN. The SIN provides access to a comprehensive array of Health IT services including electronic health records, health analytics, and a wide range of other innovative Health IT solutions. In her blog, the Assistant Commissioner of GSA FAS Office of Information Technology Category, Mary Davies, explained that agencies are increasingly using the Health IT SIN for Request for Information (RFI) or Request for Quotation (RFQ) for market research purposes to help clarify and refine their requirements, to gauge vendor interest, and to procure Health IT services.

The DHA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GSA as DHA’s singular Health IT procurement solution. Besides the DoD, the following agencies are also actively using the Health IT SIN:

  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of Veteran Affairs

In July 2016, Ms. Davies explained that Health IT services is experiencing an annual growth rate of 7.4%, which makes the Health IT market one of the faster-growing technology sectors in both government and private sector (projected to reach $31.3 billion in 2017).

Still in its first year, there are currently 182 prime contractors holding Health IT SIN 132-56. We expect to see more activity on this SIN as more agencies look to this SIN to fulfill their needs.

If you need assistance modifying your GSA IT70 contract to add this capability, or more information on whether pursuing the federal government’s largest IT contract vehicle makes sense in your strategic plans, please contact Hope Lane at 301.231.6266 or

About Vanessa Payne

Vanessa Payne is a Managing Consultant in Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services Group with over 15 years of full life-cycle government contracts and consulting experience. Her expertise includes GSA contract management, subcontract administration, contractor task order proposals, and “Big Four” management consulting in the areas of process improvement, business process reengineering, cost accounting, survey development and analysis, workflow mapping, and facilitation services. She specializes in GSA Schedule contract preparation, renewals, and providing ongoing contract management, administration, and compliance support with a special interest in organizational procedure and policy review, improvement, and standardization. Vanessa is an Aronson-featured and guest speaker on GSA Schedules and social media topics for other industry organizations, and she is a co-founder and frequent contributor to Aronson’s Fed Point blog. She received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Strategic Human Resources as well as a Graduate Certificate in Skilled Facilitation from Johns Hopkins University, and she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.

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