VA to award contract for Abbott RALS laboratory management system upgrades to support Cerner EMR transition

Notice ID: 36C25621Q1857

“The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas, intends to enter into a sole source, firm fixed price contract on the basis of other than full and open competition with Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Informatics, Inc. (Abbott) 2000 Holiday Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901, to upgrade its existing Abbott RALS laboratory management system to interface and communicate with Cerner.”

“RALS is a total solution system that manages patient results, quality control, linearity, operators, certification, devices, device configurations and more at the point-of-care. VA s Abbott RALS Plus laboratory management system hardware/software is currently in use in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs). The requirements for this upgrade effort will consist of brand name Abbott RALS Plus add-on software along with maintenance and professional support services for existing RALS management systems.”

“Specifically, the Contractor shall provide RALS Virtual Test System software licenses and maintenance support, Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) and ADT (Admission/Discharge/Transfer) Interface Upgrade software, as well as configuration, cut-over, and interface development services that will enable the iStat and other end-point device information to flow. The upgrade software and services will enable the Abbott RALS Plus laboratory management system to retain existing legacy RALS Plus laboratory database information, allow the database information to transition over to Cerner EMR, accept primary and secondary medical record number (MRN) workflow, and allow the system to co-exist with legacy databases. The add-on capabilities will also provide for new features required or recommended for optimal laboratory operation in a Cerner Electronic Medical Records (EMR) connected environment. The period of performance shall be 48 months…”

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