Nextgov: VA Explores Potential Future Emerging Technology-Centered Acquisitions

“As it prepares to potentially purchase novel technologies and training services encompassing modern data- and user-driven approaches, the Veterans Affairs Department released a request for information to learn more about the capabilities that are out there and the best way to buy them.”

“This document, detailing innovation research and simulation support needs was published by the agency’s Office of Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks or DEAN, on Thursday.”

“In it, officials list seven tasks, each involving a range of efforts, that VA is exploring potential partnerships to complete.”

“’The emergence of new technologies in clinical care delivery, such as 3-dimensional printing and virtual reality, represent foundational shifts in health care delivery. To realize the full value of these solutions in an effort to advance clinical care writ large, rapid prototyping, testing, evaluation and integration in the clinical workflow of proven solutions will need to occur more seamlessly, and rapidly, than ever before,’ the RFI’s section on the first task—for Emerging Technology to Transform Clinical Care Delivery and Service—reads. ‘To accomplish this, the Veterans Health Administration will require subject matter expertise, both clinical and scientific, across various disciplines.’”

“Under this work, a chosen contractor would need to support the government by performing end-to-end design and clinical integration across various technologies, namely: advanced manufacturing for clinical care, robotic process automation, immersive technologies, precision medicine, remote care, artificial intelligence, application program interfaces, edge computing, 5G technology and blockchain. The idea is that vendors would assist the agency in the design, testing and deployment of these tools inside clinical care delivery settings.”

“The second task listed in the RFI envelops Advanced Clinical Decision Support and Data-Driven Decision Making in Healthcare. Under it, officials define data-driven decision-making as the use of facts, metrics and data to guide strategic business moves that align with the agency’s goals, objectives, and initiatives…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA Explores Potential Future Emerging Technology-Centered Acquisitions — By Brandi Vincent, April 30, 2021. Nextgov.

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