Department of Veterans Affairs Selects HP to Help Improve Operations, Healthcare Services

Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:45am EST

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  PALO ALTO, CA, Jan 17 (Marketwire) -- 
(NYSE: HPQ) -- HP Enterprise Services today announced a maximum value
$543 million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Real-Time
Location System (RTLS) contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) to procure and deploy a management system that will assist
in the automation and improvement of operations and veteran healthcare

    The VA plans to enhance patient-centric healthcare while reducing program
operational costs by standardizing clinical and business practices as
well as monitoring IT services. Under the terms of the contract, HP will
provide a set of nationally standardized RTLS solutions to the Veteran
Health Administration (VHA) hospitals, clinics, offices and cemeteries to
improve healthcare efficiency and the quality of veteran care.

    The five-year RTLS contract will equip 152 medical centers in the 21
Veteran Integrated Service Networks (VISN) and seven Consolidated Medical
Outpatient Pharmacy facilities with real-time location technologies to
help identify, locate and monitor assets and supplies within and between
facilities. This facility automation effort will serve to improve
consistency of services, managerial decision support, utilization of
equipment and staff, and customer satisfaction by decreasing operational
costs, minimizing lost and misplaced items, reducing delays in patient
care and increasing clinical efficiencies and staff productivity.

    "The quality of veteran care and improving the delivery of our healthcare
services are the driving forces behind implementing the RTLS solution,"
said Kimberly Brayley, director, RTLS Project Management Office, Veteran
Health Administration. "Leveraging state-of-the-art technology allows VA
to decrease operational costs and increase efficiencies, satisfaction and
quality healthcare delivery."

    As the prime contractor, HP will deliver multiple RTLS technologies
including program management, operations planning, implementation
management, hardware and software, and site readiness, which are expected
to lead to increased utilization of equipment, clinical efficiency, staff
productivity and, most importantly, improved patient care. 

    "The VA meets today's federal healthcare requirements by providing an
agile, flexible and innovative platform for improved operational
performance and patient care," said Marilyn Crouther, senior vice
president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise
Services. "With HP's RTLS application and services, the VA is able to
deliver patient-centric, high-quality healthcare to valued U.S. veterans."

    In support of the RTLS program, HP is collaborating with world-class
partners, including small businesses such as CenTrak, Intelligent InSites
and WaveMark, to perform development, integration, implementation,
testing, training and support functions.

    Under the RTLS VISN 11 contract awarded February 2012, RTLS
implementations are nearly complete in two VISN 11 hospitals, another
installation began in October, and three more are currently in progress.
The final center is scheduled to go live this summer. Through the
recently awarded national deployment contract, the HP team will augment
these pre-existing RTLS installations.

    For more than 45 years, HP has served as a trusted leader in delivering
comprehensive, secure and reliable IT solutions in the government sector.
More information about HP Enterprise Services' government business is
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