Award Nominations Open

The Partnership for Procurement Excellence (PPE) is now accepting nominations for its first ever Multiple Award Government and Industry Conference (MAGIC) where Acquisition Excellence Awards will be presented. Nominations for the Acquisition Excellence Achievement Awards are due by May 24, 2013. Winners will be recognized at the MAGIC pre-conference dinner on July 10, 2013 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria Virginia.

PPE is a non-profit membership association serving federal civilian agencies, DOD, industry, and academia involved in federal government contracting through the use of multiple award contracting vehicles.

The second annual Multiple-Award Government and Industry Conference builds on the success of last year’s conference providing a one-of-a-kind venue where leaders from senior government procurement executives and contracting officers working with Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Multiple Award Contracts (MAC) will join with industry partners to share their insights, plans, and best practices that will help agencies find the best technologies.

The Conference is a good opportunity to discuss what budget cuts mean to the federal contracting environment, provide an update on the expected growth in small business contract wins in GWACs and MACs, how technology-as-a-service may transform the face of MACs, and address what the impact of new strategic sourcing and vendor standardization programs will mean to federal procurement.

“Sequestration has hit agencies hard, and the acquisition of effective and efficient solutions is more important than ever,” said Barbara Kinosky, President, Centre Consulting, and a member of the PPE Board of Directors. 

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HIT Moving Forward in NC

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is making progress on developing health IT in the state. More than a year ago, Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) agreed to work together to help physicians have access to healthcare data and EMRs. (more…)

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Sampling of ATA 2013 Exhibits

  • Visit Avaya Telehealth ( at Booth #1347 for information on the Readmission Avoidance program focusing on proactive care transition planning, patient centric post discharge care coordination, and remote telehealth monitoring


  • Sotelemed (  in booth #326 will be exhibiting the latest innovations in telehealth applications to include portable nursing units, store and forward client, enterprise solutions, HL-7 Integration, medical peripherals, vital signs manager, on-site stroke portal, and custom solutions


  • Meet DOCBOOK Gateway a device that accepts messages from hospital information systems, EMRs, and PACS systems and then automatically routes relevant labs, images, and reports to practicing physicians’ smartphones or windows 8 Tablets. Medweb ( and DocbookMD ( will be demonstrating telemedicine mobile applications at ATA


  • Cardiomedix ( and their R&D Company Commwell ( will be in both #1342 displaying their Health-e-Care system an audio visual interactive communications automatically documenting vital signs to a patient record. The PhysioGlove will also be displayed, a wireless lead-wire free 12 lead ECG to help emergency medicine, paramedics and first responders bring the patient to the hospital within the golden hour.


  • New Directions Technology Consulting and iRX Reminder ( developing bidirectional smartphone-based solutions will be exhibiting in the ATA Pavilion plus iRX Reminder will also present at the Venture Telemedicine Fair on May 5th. Both companies are collaborating on developing software and devices that incorporate the intellectual property of iRx Reminder and the mMed mobile medication management patent portfolio


  • Visit Openstream ( in Booth #1520 to see a demo of Openstream Multimodal PHR and telehealth systems that empower patient and doctor interactions. The company is providing context-aware mobile computing to improve the user experience


  • Stop by Booth #1343 to  talk to the AMC Health ( team to discuss how best to design and execute telehealth programs specific to the customer’s specific needs. The technology is able to bridge the gap between the hospital, doctor’s office, and the patient’s home by using remote patient monitoring solutions that are proven, scalable, and customized to meet the needs of the patient and customers


  • Go to Booth #1628 to be introduced to EyePrevent powered by the EasyScan Retinal Imaging System. i-Optics ( is improving DR evaluation rates through retinal imaging with remote expert interpretation


  • Tely Labs ( will showcase their new telyMed™ MTS-100 Mobile Station, an integrated telemedicine workstation in booth #511. The integrated telemedicine workstation is designed to meet the needs of healthcare providers for security, mobility, and ease-of-use at the point-of-care, at less than half the cost of existing mobile telemedicine carts.
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NIST Plans for FFRDC

The Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has plans to establish a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). This will be the first FFRDC solely dedicated to enhancing the security of the nation’s information systems. (more…)

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State Insurance Marketplace Update

The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will start enrolling October 2013 with the total exchange enrollment expected to be 486,000. However, the state does not have the legislative authority to run a State-Based Marketplace, so the state will be assisted by the federal government in its implementation. According to April issue of HFS e-news, at this time, the Federal government is building the Marketplace web site and setting up a call center. (more…)

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New Legislation Introduced

Representative John Carter from Texas plus other Representatives introduced the “CAL Undiagnosed Diseases Research and Collaboration Network Act of 2013” (H.R. 1591) on April 17th to establish an undiagnosed diseases network.

The purpose for the bill is to:

  • Help physicians who handle cases of undiagnosed diseases search for similar cases and to be able to network and collaborate with the physicians handling similar cases
  • Help physicians examine cross-distance research so that cases of undiagnosed diseases can be cross-referenced against attributes of common diseases
  • Be able to better describe the types and prevalence of cases of undiagnosed diseases in the U.S
  • Obtain data such as genetic, environmental, and occupational factors that may be associated  with the various types of undiagnosed diseases
  • Be able to outline key demographic factors affecting undiagnosed diseases such as age, race or ethnicity, gender, sex geographic location, and family medical history
  • To better understand the length of time needed to render a diagnosis
  • Provide information on programs similar to the Undiagnosed Disease Program at NIH


NIH may award grants or contracts and cooperative agreements may be offered to the public or private nonprofit entities to collect, analyze, and report on data. The proposed legislation authorizes $5,000,000 for fiscal years 2014 through 2019.

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New HIT Workgroup Formed

A new health IT workgroup will have an initial meeting to identify what is needed to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health IT including mobile medical applications. The workgroup will report to the Health IT Policy Committee which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT. (more…)

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