The Coast Guard wants to be able to allow authorized health-care providers to securely view electronic health records on smart phones and tablets.
In a March Request for Proposal updated last week, the service said the interface must use commercial, off-the-shelf items and incorporate a secure mobile solution providing wireless access points integrated with the Coast Guard’s network for use at 43 medical clinics and one support facility. It also must allow physicians to review lab results remotely and provide medical personnel remote access to EHRs at remote disaster and operations sites, according to the RFP published in FedBizOps.gov.
The interface has to work with tablet computers as well as both iOS (Apple) and Android smartphone platforms, according to the solicitation. Proposals are due Aug. 29.
John Pulley has written the Health IT Update blog since May 2011. Prior to becoming a regular contributor to Nextgov, he covered technology for Federal Computer Week and Government Health IT magazines. He has written about government for Federal Times and Air Force Times, as well. Pulley has worked in journalism for more than 20 years. He began his career covering local government for regional newspapers. In addition, he served as a writer and senior editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education for seven years. In 2006, he founded The Pulley Group, an editorial services agency.