REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI)/SOURCES SOUGHT

This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation. All information received in response to this RFI that is marked as proprietary will be handled accordingly. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. Responders are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI.

The submission of pricing, capabilities for planning purposes, and other market information is highly encouraged and allowed under this RFI In Accordance With (IAW) FAR Part 15.201(e).

SOURCES SOUGHT DESCRIPTION

This is NOT a solicitation announcement. This is an RFI/sources sought only. The purpose of this sources sought/RFI is to gain knowledge of potential qualified sources and their size classification relative to NAICS 511210 (size standard of $41.5 Mil.). Responses to this sources sought will be used by the Government to make appropriate acquisition decisions. After review of the responses to this sources sought, a solicitation announcement may be published. Responses to this sources sought synopsis are not considered adequate responses for a solicitation announcement.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), VISN 21 Network Contracting Office, on behalf of VA Health Care System, is seeking sources that can provide the brand name or equal requirement described below.

Please note that these requirements are not finalized and is subject to change based on the responses to this RFI. The information identified below are intended to be descriptive, not restrictive and to indicate the quality of the supplies/services that will be satisfactory. This Sources Sought is issued for the purpose of collecting information about the availability of Brand Name/Exact Match products from different sources for the desired equipment listed in the Items required that meets the corresponding part number or description.

Required Products:
Nova StatSensor CREAT Module
Yearly Cost For 2 meters
Implementation Fee

Alere Informatics shall provide the laboratory with a reliable interface to transfer point of care creatinine testing. The purpose is to provide bedside creatinine results from NOVA StatSensor Creatinine meters directly into the Rals interface software for upload into VistA. This process will be used to enhance patient reporting of creatinine values timely by interfacing from Rals to CPRS. All hard drives with PII will be removed for destruction per VA Policy when equipment is turned in or replaced.

Virtual assistance 24/7 is required to support the information transfer.

The Alere RALS Informatics shall provide staff training for new users.

The contractor, their personnel, and their subcontractors shall be subject to the Federal laws, regulations, standards, and VA Directives and Handbooks regarding information and information system security as required.

PROCEDURES: This Sources Sought is a required component of a complete and systematic process to evaluate interested parties in order to minimize cost both to potentially interested parties and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Interested sources are also encouraged to submit product literature in response to this Sources Sought.
Any submission of such product literature or catalog cut sheets will be treated separate from, and will have no bearing on, any subsequent evaluation of proposals submitted in response to any resulting future formal Request for Quote. Interested parties should provide a statement of interest on company letterhead (not to exceed 20 pages in length) to the Contracting Officers email listed below.
No basis for claim against the Department of Veteran Affairs shall arise as a result of a response to these SOURCES SOUGHT or Government use of any information provided. Elaborate proposals or pricing information are neither required nor desired. Any innovative and new conceptual ideas to achieve the stated objective are encouraged. Do not simply click the interested box and not send anything to the Contracting Officer listed below. This doesn t help with the market research being conducted.
At this time no solicitation document exists for this request for Sources Sought.
This notice is for informational purposes only; it is not a request for proposals, nor should it be construed as a commitment by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The Department of Veteran Affairs will not pay for any effort expended into responding to this sources sought announcement. All information must be sent to the POC listed below by close of business 4:30 PM on 14 January 2021.
Send information to Contract Specialist, Paula Blonien; email paula.blonien@va.gov