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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded ICF International's (Fairfax, Virginia) Z-Tech (Santa Ana, California) subsidiary a new contract, "Electronic Research Administration (eRA)—Systems Engineering Support Services," for $60 million for five years.

Z-Tech will provide systems engineering, architecture, requirements analysis, and other related IT support to the eRA program.

"Z-Tech is pleased to expand its longstanding support to the eRA program, which makes concrete and direct contributions to people's lives via the use of state-of-the-art information technology," said Paul Tardif, a senior vice president with the company. "We are committed to helping NIH achieve its mission to fund and support life-saving medical research."

"This contract win reaffirms ICF's position as a major provider of high-end IT services to the federal government, and it also enhances our ability to provide health information technology and grants management services," said Ellen Glover, executive vice president.

eRA manages all of NIH's grants processing and also supports other federal agencies. The system processes more than 80,000 grant applications a year and administers 55,000 research and non-research grants totaling $30 billion annually.

It is used by more than 150,000 federal staff and applicants at more than 9,500 institutions worldwide.

With the addition of Z-Tech, ICF International now offers the services of an established leader in health information and health technology services. Z-Tech provides life-cycle services in grants management, bioinformatics, scientific computing, modeling and simulation, software engineering, web design and development, and health technology solutions.

ICF and Z-Tech said that together, they have expanded capabilities to assist governments at all levels and private organizations to develop more effective health information technology, health communications, health policy analysis, and health information clearinghouses.

In other grants/contract news:

• Informatics Corporation of America (ICA; Nashville, Tennessee), providing clinicians with a single technology solution for accessing, evaluating and acting upon patient information across disparate systems, reported that its A3Align Solution has been selected by Lourdes Hospital (Paducah, Kentucky) to provide a comprehensive EHR and tools to deliver better care. The hospital has 389-beds and is part of the Catholic Healthcare Partners network.

"We selected ICA's A3Align Solution for its ability to build upon our existing acute and ambulatory systems to align our hospital with physician practices. Its aggregation capabilities will give our providers easy access to a patient's longitudinal record, with real-time access to results," said Steven Grinnell, regional CEO, Mercy Health Partners-Kentucky and president/CEO of Lourdes Hospital. "This will relieve our staff of the need to duplicate documentation and ensure that every patient's chart is complete and up-to-date. Within six months, we anticipate having a single point of access for all clinical information, with significant cost and time savings."

In the initial phase of the agreement, ICA will aggregate patient information from existing clinical systems, including Meditech Magic, Chart Maxx, PICIS, MIDAS, OBIX, Allscripts, Ulrich, and Fuji. Subsequent phases are slated to extend the solution's functionality beyond aggregation.

ICA's A3Align Solution is based upon technology developed over the course of 10 years by practicing physicians and informatics professionals at Vanderbilt Medical Center (Nashville).

Informatics Corporation of America was created to take technology developed by Vanderbilt physicians to the broader healthcare market.

• CompuMed (Los Angeles) a medical informatics company serving the healthcare community with diagnostic software solutions, reported a contract to provide electrocardiogram (ECG) remote interpretation services for state correctional facilities in Arizona through the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC).

CompuMed will provide remote cardiac screening on an as needed basis for more than 30,000 detainees at the Department's correctional facilities statewide. CompuMed now has 44 CardioGram systems at correctional sites throughout Arizona. The ADC agreement contains options for multiple renewals/extensions.

CompuMed's traditional core business is providing remote ECG interpretation terminals and related services to medical facilities that may not have access to physicians trained and qualified to interpret ECG results.

Customers for the company's CardioGram system are typically correctional facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, occupational health clinics and physician offices. The CompuMed system significantly reduces healthcare costs by providing remote cardiac screening at the point of care. Another key advantage is an optional feature that automatically sends ECG results to a trained cardiologist for an over-read when the results are abnormal.

• Premier Purchasing Partners (Charlotte, North Carolina) reported new agreements for two high-level disinfectants have been awarded to Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems (Piscataway, New Jersey) on behalf of Advanced Sterilization Products (Miami), a Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, New Jersey) company, and Metrex Research (Orange, California).