For the last six months, the U.S. military has been on the frontlines in the fight against the pandemic, providing necessary supplies and medical support across the country. Meanwhile, internally, the U.S. Defense Department has faced the threat of the virus with its warfighters. More than 55,000 Defense Department personnel have had the COVID-19 virus, and there have been 79 deaths—including one active-duty member, seven reservists or National Guard personnel and 71 dependents, retirees or family members, reported Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, USA, director, Defense Health Agency (DHA).
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Facing a pandemic and an aging legacy medical record system with limited data storage capacity at an on-premise data center in Charleston, South Carolina, the Enterprise Intelligence & Data Solutions (EIDS) team, sprang into action to complete a game-changing cloud migration project. The effort, called the Accelerated Migration Project, or AMP, moved petabytes of secondary healthcare data and related applications to the cloud. The project digitally transforms access to U.S. Defense Department medical records and offers better data analytics and more reliable information discovery, driving improved outcomes in patient care and business operations, experts say.
The Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, is making progress on an important modernization project, despite the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In November, Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist designated DISA to lead the Fourth Estate Network Optimization Program. The multiyear, comprehensive information technology advancement effort, which runs through fiscal year 2025 will bring improved network capabilities, connectivity, cybersecurity and user assistance.
Experts at the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the Program Executive Office, Defense Healthcare Management Systems, recently completed a game-changing cloud migration project that digitally transformed access to Defense Department medical records. The so-called Accelerated Migration Project, or AMP, was a vast data migration of petabytes of secondary healthcare data to the cloud. The effort involved working with 20 outside vendors, restructuring to 14 cloud native services, managing 60 separate applications and consolidating several hundred virtual machines.
Novavax Inc.,* Gaithersburg, Maryland, was awarded a $21,952,384 cost-no-fee contract for the development and production of the Novavax nanoparticle vaccine against COVID-19. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of June 3, 2021. Fiscal 2020 Defense Health Agency Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds in the amount of $21,952,384 were obligated at the time of award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity (W911QY-20-C-0077). *Small Business
Cape Fox Facilities Services LLC, Manassas, Virginia, was awarded a three-year contract (one-year base and two option periods) with an estimated value of $19,500,300. The contract supports the Defense Health Agency, Deputy Assistant Director for Information Operations, Solutions Delivery Division. The contractor shall perform all activities within the scope of this contract under the construct of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), specifically the service operation and service transition domains.
Dell Federal Systems, Round Rock, Texas, was awarded a firm fixed order for $82,895,710 (Base-plus-2) and FAR 52.217-8 six months extension in the estimated amount of $13,815,951 with an estimated total of $96,711,662, using fiscal 19 O&M funds (HT0015-19-F-0087). This is an enterprise-level blanket purchase agreement (BPA) call for Microsoft software and support against the Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) BPA for Microsoft. This procurement is to renew Microsoft licenses for 72 customers within Defense Health Agency (DHA), Air Force, Army, and Navy. These licenses are required for products including VISIO Professional, Windows Server Standard, Project Standard, and SQL Server Enterprise.
Lintech Global Inc., Farmington Hills, Michigan, was awarded a $12,849,369 firm-fixed-price, non-personal services contract to provide data processing, data validation operations and maintenance of the TRICARE Encounter Data/Purchased Care Data Warehouse and Military Health System Data Repository programs, as well as the development, update, enhancement, repair, and testing of specific information technology applications that are managed by the Defense Health Agency, Health Information Technology (HIT) Directorate, Solutions Delivery Division Program Executive Office. The contractor's place of performance is Falls Church, Virginia. This contract has a base period of nine months with one option, if exercised, for a total of 29 months.
CACI NSS Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, was competitively awarded a firm-fixed-price contract for $8,582,382 on January 11, 2019. Contract has an effective date of January 29, 2019.
Leidos, Reston, Virginia, was awarded a five-year, $21,208,213, firm-fixed-price task order (HHSN316201200044W) utilizing the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center contract tool. This contract provides shared services to support current and future infrastructure for enterprise data transport and data processing, and performance and performance management operations for the Defense Health Agency Health Information Technology Directorate, Infrastructure and Operations Division. In addition, the contract will develop engineering and performance monitoring supporting optimization of networks. This award was open competition with two quotes received.
Government Marketing & Procurement LLC,* Wimberley, Texas, was awarded an $18,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract to deliver, install, configure, engineer, furnish, and test hardware for the Vocera Wireless Hands-Free Communications Systems and supporting hardware/software infrastructure for Defense Health Agency facilities. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of August 1, 2023. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W912DY-18-D-0024). *Small Business
EHRTS LLC of Arlington, Virginia, was awarded the second option year with a potential of $14,436,145 for an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The award, titled “Next Generation Tri-Service Workflow Services,” provides workflow and website sustainment for DOD's Defense Health Agency. It is a non-personal services contract to provide subject matter experts in the form of senior physicians, senior physician assistants/nurse practitioners, and junior physicians, training management, and program managers. EHRTS will provide medical and information technology workflow support services for enterprise systems.
Cherokee Nation Technologies LLC, a native tribe, doing business as CNT, Catoosa, Oklahoma, is being awarded a $55,067,430 firm-fixed-price order. The order provides services to assist the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Healthcare Operations Directorate Public Health Division Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch in its mission to conduct comprehensive health surveillance efforts for DOD.
The Defense Health Agency is turning to Panamerica Computers Inc., Luray, Virginia, for information technology hardware. A recent $9,326,449 firm fixed priced contract with Panamerica provides for the one-time purchase of 16,199 small form factor desktops which will support the DHA's Windows 10 upgrade effort. The contract award differs from a previous contract awarded on March 8, 2018, by type of computer requirement purchased, laptop vs desktop, for enterprise replacement and upgrade.
Rear Adm. Mary C. Riggs will be assigned as director, research and development, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.
A report assembled by a team of government and private industry experts recommends new information technologies and warns of potential minefields as it plots a course for modernizing the Defense Health Agency. The industry authors, many of whom are stakeholders in the defense health community, also suggest ways of improving defense health data use that could be applied to other government organizations.
Rear Adm. Raquel C. Bono, USN, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assigned as director, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey B. Clark, USA, has been assigned as director, health care operations, Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia.
HP Enterprise Services LLC, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price task order under contract number HHSN3162000026W, task order number HT0015-16-F-0002. The face value of this action is $19,149,016. The total cumulative value of the contract, to include all options, is $91,499,104. This task order is for the operation and maintenance of the government-owned, contractor-operated Global Service Center for the Defense Health Agency (DHAGSC), Health Information Technology Directorate. The DHAGSC serves as the entry point into the Military Health System (MHS) information technology customer support structure.
Brig. Gen. Robert D. Tenhet, USA, has been assigned as director, National Capital Medical Directorate, Defense Health Agency, Arlington, Virginia.