The VLER Health Community Initiative will name two to four communities in the next several months and three to six communities in the next year, according to a Dec. 7 notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web Site. Responses are due by Dec. 15.
Preference will go to communities with a significant share of care provided to the military and veterans, ability to demonstrate health information technology and exchange, and a high concentration of federal health programs.
The VA intends to contract with a VLER Health Community coordinator located at each of the selected communities.
The vendors selected for the project will provide expertise in health care systems and health information exchange; will have experience working in a health care system; and will have an understanding of technical requirements for health information exchange between private and public sector partners, among other requirements.
The VA has completed work on the first phase of the VLER program, its chief information officer, Roger Baker, said at a recent conference.