News | March 4, 2013

HP Awarded Multiple Task Orders For Department Of Veterans Affairs Contract

HP Enterprise Services recently announced that it has signed 10 new task orders with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to integrate a real time asset location system (RTLS) into multiple Veteran Health Administration (VHA) facilities in an effort to maximize efficient asset utilization and streamline business processes.

As public stewards, the VA must account for, report, and manage billions of dollars of assets, and traditionally has done so using manual, time intensive processes. With the cost of healthcare rising, the VA is seeking to reduce costs by improving operational efficiency and automating business processes with a set of nationally standardized RTLS solutions. The new solutions reduce operational costs while improving patient centric healthcare by allowing the VA to standardize clinical and business practices and monitor IT services.

Nine of the task orders, which were signed under an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Real Time Location System (RTLS) contract, will equip seven Veteran Integrated Services Networks (VISN); three Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) facilities; and one VA Medical Center (VAMC) with real time location technologies. The new solutions will be used to actively track assets, cardiac lab consumables and Sterile Workflow Processing, as well as monitor temperature and humidity conditions in refrigerators, freezers, and selected rooms.

In addition under the 10th task order, Enterprise System Engineering (ESE), HP will provide engineering support to finalize the national RTLS architecture and implement two-way RTLS interfaces. The one-year agreement, which was signed in December 2012, will integrate the RTLS products into the VA enterprise and allow the system to interface to the VA electronic medical records system (VistA).

“Facing new federal healthcare requirements and rising costs for healthcare, the Department of Veteran Affairs is modernizing to an agile, flexible and innovative platform that will streamline workflows and improve its operational performance,” said Don Picard, federal healthcare vice president, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services.  “With the new RTLS solution from HP, the VA can automate time-intensive processes and focus on what matters most: delivering high-quality, patient centric care for our US Veterans.”

This facility automation effort will serve to improve customer satisfaction, managerial decision support, the consistency of services as well as the utilization of equipment and staff by minimizing lost and misplaced items, reducing delays in patient care and increasing clinical efficiencies and staff productivity.

As the prime contractor, HP delivers multiple RTLS technologies by providing program management, operations planning, implementation management, hardware and software, as well as site readiness, which leads to increased utilization of equipment, clinical efficiency, staff productivity and most importantly improved patient care.

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