MeriTalk: IHS Seeks Cloud-Based Video Conferencing Solution for IHS Telehealth Program

“The Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service (IHS) is seeking a cloud-based video conferencing solution for its expanding telehealth program.

In a Dec. 11 sources sought notice on Beta.Sam.gov, IHS said that due to COVID-19 dramatically increasing the demand for telehealth it is looking for an affordable, secure, and scalable video conferencing solution to enable patient-to-provider and provider-to-provider telehealth meetings.”

“IHS, which provides healthcare for approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, is seeking sources who already have experience in successfully providing a cloud-based video conferencing solution supporting telehealth programs. It underscored that the experience needs to be with implementing a solution in similar scope, size, complexity, and magnitude to the telehealth activities that IHS intends to provide with the resulting product. The posting noted that the solution must support a minimum of 2,000 health care providers within 12 IHS Geographical Areas and a weekly average number of audio or video telehealth conferences of 30,000…”

“In recognition of the lack of broadband access on some parts of Tribal land, IHS is looking for a solution that is optimized for end-users primarily located in rural areas where users have slow network or internet connectivity speeds and high latency…” Read the full article here.

Source: IHS Seeks Cloud-Based Video Conferencing Solution for IHS Telehealth Program – By Kate Polit, December 15, 2020. MeriTalk.

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