Instructions for Preparing an RFP/RFI Using This Template
Note: This Sample RFP/RFI is designed for
facilities who are
in the market for a Laboratory
Information System AND an Outreach software solution.
If you are not in the market for an
tion, please refer to
to download an RFP/RFI template
for an Laboratory Information System only.
Replace any red type with information pertaining to your facility.
Add any supporting informat
ion that would be helpful to the vendor to understand the
dynamic of your facility such as:
Diagram or description of current laboratory workflow
Listing of current instrumentation/hardware
Listing of planned future instrumentation/hardwar
Listing of names and contact information for your facility’s key personnel that will be
included in the LIS purchase process such as:
Department supervisors, i.e. Microbiology, Anatomic Pathology, etc.
y rules you would like vendors to follow during the RFP/RFI process, i.e. only asking
questions to a specific person at your facility.
Delete any questions that do not pertain to your facility.
Add any questions not already included that you wish to have a
nswered during the RFP/RFI
process. Keep in mind that this document is a generalized RFP/RFI with broad topics.
Questions on specific functionality of the proposed system should be asked in the
Functional Requirements section.
Include all timeline dates f
or the RFP/RFI due date, etc.
Include the number of copies you want of the RFP/RFI and the method in which it should
be returned to your facility.
**Note: An RFP is a Request for Proposal, which indicates that your facility would like a cost
the proposed system. An RFI is a Request for Information, which indicates that your
facility is only gathering information and is not interested in a cost proposal at this time.
Facility Name and Address
boratory Information System
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
IMPLEMENTATION AND SUPPORT
This Request for Proposal is an invitation to a select group of companies to subm
it proposals for a
Laboratory Information System for <
. The intent is to obtain information leading to
the selection of a Laboratory Information System that will best meet the clinical and management
information needs of
Respondents who are selected for further consideration will be requested to make on site
presentations and demonstrate their system.
requires that all proposed software currently be installed and operating at two or
more sites. If develop
mental software or enhanced versions of existing software is included in the
overall package being proposed, the nature, status, and timing of development and delivery activities
should be clearly stated.
All questions and inquiries regarding this RFP/RF
I should be directed to:
<City>, <State> <Zip Code>
Anticipated Time Frames for Evaluation and Selection Process
Issue RFP/RFI to Vendors
Questions on RFP/RFI due
Responses to RFP/RFI due
On Site Vendor Demonstration
Site Visits and Reference Checks
Final Evaluation and Selection
copies of your response to the above address.
Responses received after
will not be considered.
Facility Name, Address, Phone, Web sit
Description of organization including type or facility (hospital, clinic, or reference lab; size (number of beds,
physicians, patient requisitions/day, etc); and configuration (number and proximity of satellite laboratories
and/or client facilities).
LIS Project Goals and Expectations
The goals of the Laboratory Information System Project are:
<include goals your facility wishes to
achieve with the implementation of a new system, i.e. expanding outreach, streamlining workflow, return on
crease reimbursements, etc.>
Outreach Goals and Expectations
The outreach goals of the facility are:
goals your facility wishes to achieve with the
implementation of a new system, i.e
. number of physicians/facilitie
reporting and data
mining goals for
, return on investment, increase
Current Management Information System Environment
Description of current management information systems environment i
ncluding existing systems (name, version and
vendor), wide and local area network environment, number of laboratories or draw sites as well as the number and
type of existing hardware located at each site.
The current Laboratory Information System (if app
(Indicate if there is a desire to acquire
historical laboratory data and import into new LIS.)
The current outreach solution (if applicable) is:
(Indicate if there is a desire to acquire
existing client data
and import into new
The information systems to be interfaced to the Laboratory Information Systems are:
of the below systems that are currently functional at your facility including the vendor and name of system.)
Practice Management System
Electronic Medical Record
Please indicate multiple systems if outreach software should interface to client information systems.
The laboratory equipment to be interfaced to the Laboratory Information System is:
the below analyzers; vendor and model
and the number of each
that are currently functional at your
Urine Strip Reader
Other Instruments to be
CRITERIA FOR EVALUAT
ION OF RESPONSES
will evaluate the responses to this RFP/RFI based on the vendor’s ability to:
Meet the functional and technical requirements described in this RFP/RFI as evidenced
by the RFP
/RFI response and demonstration of the software.
Provide a cost
effective solution that meets the financial goals of
Provide timely program modifications and upgrades in response to changing industry
regulatory requirements, and
Demonstrate expertise and functionality as evidenced by client references and site visits.
Provide a superior level of customer service and technical support, both pre
installation to clients as evidenced by references.
Identify the company name, address, city, state, zip code,
, and fax numbers.
Identify the name, title, address, phone and fax numbers, and e
mail address of the primary
contact person for this project.
brief overview of your company including number of years in business, number of
employees, nature of business, and description of clients.
Identify any parent corporation and/or subsidiaries, if appropriate.
Give a brief description of the evolution of t
he laboratory information system software. Include
the date of the first installed site and major developments that have occurred (e.g. new versions,
new modules, specific features). Describe any previous ownership, if appropriate.
List any industry awa
rds/recognition that you have received, the awarding party, and the date
Indicate the total number of installations in the last 3 years by the year of installation and the
total number of current users for the proposed system.
Provide a summa
ry of your company’s short term and long term goals and strategic vision.
Provide a list of three references similar in size and specialty mix to
should be clients who have had their system installed within the past 5 years.
contact, address, telephone, system(s) installed and date of installation)
Describe the required hardware configuration including descriptions of central processing
unit(s), networking hardware, b
, and Uninterrupted Power Supply.
Describe the ability of the proposed system to support fail
safe data storage (redundancy,
Describe the requirements of system cabling for communication to the server and to the existing
Does the system employ 32
What are the warranty periods provided for hardware?
Please outline service and maintenance costs for the system as proposed.
In an outreach environment, describe the connectivity of the proposed syste
Describe the operating systems under which the proposed system will operate. (UNIX, DOS,
Windows, Windows NT, etc.)
Name and describe the database management program utilized by the system.
What programming language(s) was used to develop
How many records can be stored in the proposed system?
Describe the file purging/archiving methodology used by the proposed system.
List cost of license agreements, renewal, and upgrades.
Describe the length of time a software version is sup
Please describe your system’s database reporting tools.
Describe the security system used by the proposed system.
Describe your proposed disaster recovery plan to safeguard source code and ensure that the
proposed system is recoverable in the ev
ent of a disaster at the headquarters of your facility.
Describe your proposed disaster recovery plan for
to ensure that our data is safe and
secure in the event of a disaster.
Network and Interface Issues
Have you interfaced your LIS with
other Clinical Information Systems? (Provide names of
Describe the network topology of your outreach solution in conjunction with your LIS solution.
Describe the network topology of your outreach solution in conjunction with another
Can your outreach solution be a stand
alone application utilizing a different LIS?
Have you interfaced your outreach solution with other information systems (i.e. the outreach
solution needs to be able to accept orders from and s
end results to information systems that do
not reside on the same LAN or WAN as the laboratory)?
Describe the interface functionality
Does the proposed system comply with Health Level 7 (HL7) interface standards for importing
and exporting dat
a to and from other systems?
Have you interfaced your LIS with reference laboratories? (Provide names of interface reference
laboratories.) Describe the interface functionality.
Does your LIS have the capability to provide a direct link to off
locations for order entry
and result retrieval? Describe this capability in detail.
What communication protocols are supported?
What speeds of network lines are required for proposed LIS to function on a Wide Area
What network infrastructure
is needed to operate a true outreach operation (i.e. the laboratory
needs to accept orders from and send results to a nursing home that is not within the same LAN
or WAN as the laboratory)?
SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT
e and attach your typical implementation plan. Describe the length of time your
engineer will be on our site during implementation and the exact scope of the work they will
Describe the experience and qualifications of your installation team.
hat kind of client communication and implementation planning is done prior to the
Describe the training provided. Include a training outline.
Where is your technical support center located?
What are the methods for contacting technical
What are your hours of operation for technical support?
Describe the qualifications of your technical support staff.
Describe the organization and structure of your technical support services.
What percentage of your total employees is respons
ible for direct client support?
Describe the ongoing system support provided by the vendor.
Are software upgrades provided as part of the software support contract?
Describe your software upgrade process.
Are there “hot fixes” or “updates” between vers
ions? Do these updates cost extra?
How often are new versions released?
How are customer requests for enhancements and customizations handled?
How many separate modifications were included in the last release?
How many separate modifications included
in the last release requested by current users?
Describe the qualifications of your product development department.
What percentage of your total employees is responsible for product development?
Do you have a formal
Describe the company’
s policy regarding source code.
Provide a system proposal that includes:
Detailed listing of hardware provided.
Detailed listing of software provided.
Description of training provided, including location and time commitmen
Description and cost of ongoing support.
Cost of proposed system.
Refer to the following Functional Requirements checklist. Not
ice that there is a Functional
equirements section for the Laboratory Information
System portion of the proposed solution an
a separate Functional R
equirements section for the Outreach portion of the proposed solution. A
response and detailed description to each checklist item is required. Failure to respond to every item
lt in dismissal of your RFP/RFI submission. Elaborate on any items that differentiate you
from other vendors
Assign one of the following Availability Codes to each item:
Feature is available off the shelf.
Feature is not available.
s available with additional cost and custom programming.
NOTE: Detailed Descriptions of features are REQUIRED for all responses.
Feature is available
off the shelf.
available with additional cost and custom programming.
SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE AND MAINTENANCE
operates in a Windows environment.
employs a centralized relational
outreach system to operate
on all networking infrastructures,
local and wide area networks,
and Internet based connectivity
all practice s
Provide the ability for outreach
solution to integrate with any LIS.
Provide the ability for outreach
solution to integrate with multiple LIS’.
Allow full syst
em functionality from
any computer, regardless of computer
system that can be
expanded easily as our facility grows.
Provide an operational environment
that will ensure the security and
integrity of the system and all its data.
Provide for redundant storage of a
system data files.
Provide for redundant processing
capabilities to protect against processor
Provide a checkpoint recovery
capability to restore data files after a
Provide expanded descriptions fo
Please describe any scheduled
SECURITY AND AUDITING
Provide a multi
level security system
that is separate from the LIS
the confidentiality of patient
information and to
control access to
functions and features.
Restrict access to specific areas of the
application based on system function to
Provide practice level security ensuring
that associates of one practice cannot
s to the patient records of
Allow password protection at different
(i.e. system administrator,
phlebotomy, nursing, provider, etc.)
Allow a user of proper security
clearance to modify the database
e the system is live,
without requiring programming
Restrict access to configuration tables,
profile indexes, etc. to designated
personnel via security controls.
Maintain an automated system log of
Maintain an audit trail for system
entries including user code, date, and
time of each system transaction.
level password security
down to options within menus.
Provide operational interfaces for th
following applications (Please provide a
functional description of each interface
Hospital Information System
Electronic Medical Record
Laboratory Information System
Practice Management System
Other Information System
Provide additional inte
Provide all interfaces as an integral part
of the application requiring no
party software to
implement or maintain the interface.
Provide technical support for all active
Allow multiple tests
ordering for a single
patient using a common demographic record.
ry orders to be entered from any
computer on or off the local network
Allow the lab to develop and customize
Allow simple test ordering: Single header
linked to a single test result field (e.g. Glucose)
Allow compound test ordering: Single header
linked to multiple test result fields (e.g. CBC,
Lipid Panel, and Comprehensive Metabolic
Allow the user to order tests by entering test
codes and/or by selecting from a test menu.
Automatically alerts users to previously ordered
Allow at the time of ordering a request that
patient lab results be sent to more than on
Allow the cancellation of orders for patients
who do not show for appointment.
Provide Medical Necessity validation based on
defined valid diagnosis codes for each
Allow the generation of
ABN forms when test ordering fails medical
Allow entry of four diagnosis codes for each
Provide automatic testing destination routing
as specified in payor's contract.
ic label printing as orders are
defined label configuration.
Describe the bar code formats your
accepts and prints.
Provide the specific sample requirements or
sample tube types at the time of
s codes in registration function.
Support retrieval of patient records by partial
(e.g. first few letters of) patient last name.
Support sample storage and retrieval modules
for the purpose of drug testin
Process orders for profiles that include
multiple tests (e.g. cardiac enzyme profile).
Allow a miscellaneous test code so previously
undefined tests can be ordered and charged.
Ability to correct a field on
a screen without
having to re
enter entire order transaction.
Allow entry of orders for future dates.
Allow splitting one ordered test into more than
one request (e.g. group tests, pre
op, and coag
Automatically check for
and warn of duplicate
single test orders with profile orders.
Support cancellation of tests
#, test code, patient name, reason, date, time,
and tech ID.
Provide simple method to order additional test
requests on samp
le already received and
processed in lab.
Allow cancellation of an order without
ng prior results.
Provide flexible, customizable Sample ID
collection labels for timed and
Allow for multiple labels per test to print.
Print instructions/comments (e.g. do not
collect from right arm) on
Print aliquot labels when more than one test is
drawn in the same collection tube.
appear on subsequent lists until cancelled or
Provide for easy free text entry of information
such as critical result notification,
or culture sites.
Provide for inte
lligent prompting for
accessioning; e.g. When a wound culture is
ordered, the system prompts the user for
Provide easy access to
sample requirements for
s in chemistry together and prints on
hematology tests print on separate
label and microbiology prints separately.
Allows for making the number of labels
customizable for each test.
ntuitive user interface
screens for accessioning, reporting queries
Provide for an easy, systematic
method of adding, editing
or deleting tests in
the test code dictionary.
When looking up a patient in the system, tests
rmed on that patient and test results are
made available without additional steps.
Allow outreach clients to customize their own
order entry screens to fit their practice’s needs.
Allow outreach clients to customize colors and
logos of the
system for their practice only.
Provide ability to auto deliver results by the
Web Delivered (i.e. Provider logs in to a
website to retrieve results)
Electronic interface to client information
system (EMR, HIS, PMS, etc.)
Accept images, graphics and linked documents
from a host LIS via interface to display on
Provide ability to designate HTML or PDF
format of reports.
Maintain patient result history indefinitely.
Provide ability to purge results after a specific
amount of time if desired.
ability to graph historical results on a
Provide scheduler for automatic result delivery.
delivery of results.
Automatically maintain a record of reports
delivered by each reporting modality (FAX,
Printer, and E
etc.). Provide easy access
to these results at any time.
Allow patient test to be incomplete f
or at least
8 weeks in the system.
Print daily detailed master log of all work
performed in lab for audit purposes.
Display abnormal or critical results uniquely
from other results.
Allow for cumulative result
Describe the procedure for correcting test
results that have been resulted. After
correcting, are the corrections able to be
Print list of received but untested
to insufficient quantity.
Allow for a comme
nt to be placed on the
Includes features that allow batch
Allow features for customizable patient report
Display patient results in an easy to view
format for all patients of a provider or l
Provide ability to batch print and batch
acknowledge receipt of results.
Provide the date/time reported on reports
transmitted by FAX, laser printer
Provide a permanent log of all test results that
Workstations work independently of each
other. Multiple functions can occur
simultaneously without one party having to exit
Provide flexible reporting formats.
Provide the ability to access all patients of
particular client by name, date
or date range.
up of patient and patient results by
Ability for rules
based logic where laboratory
personnel can define criteria in “if
Ability for Rules program to evaluate all rule
entries for tests, not just the first one, so that
complex or “cascading” rules may easily be
designed, where several rules can be invoked
based on one scenario.
based report routing
Provide the ability to create rules to assist in
Must have ability to flag results based on
criteria other than standard reference ranges to
include testing location, drawing location,
ordering provider, patient age, and p
Charge rule capability.
Provide ability to customize order entry rules.
Allow rules to be enabled by practice (i.e. one
practice has certain rules enabled and another
SAMPLE STATUS AND TRACK
Provide the ability to track patient samples
throughout the testing process.
Provide identification of the individual who
ordered the test, collected the sample, and
released the test results, including the date and
time of these occu
rrences so that this
information is accessible throughout the
Support a way to identify the phlebotomist,
(doctor, nurse, etc.) in system for
drawn by laboratory personnel.
ude data for tracing order (dates, times,
tech ID, results) from order entry to final
reporting in master log.
Provide index to master log by accession
Provide customizable sample storage tracking
including identification of freezers
Allow sample storage/retrieval by use of a
barcode scanner (i.e. the requisition is scanned
into the system and the system tells the
laboratory where the sample is stored in the
y to easily generate historical
Allow patient database search based on:
Patient account number
Allow the user to search previous patient
results for specific tests and easi
historical results of that test.
Allow the user to graph patient results by test
to identify possible trends.
Allow historical results for multiple tests to be
graphed on one normalized graph.
Describe how the system handles
old results. Is archiving/purging necessary?
Allow the user to review
results without paging through the entire list of
MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Provide ability to create completio
n reports by
Provide ability to create billing summary
reports by date.
Provide ability to create reports of failed
medical necessity checks.
Provide ability to create cancelled test reports
that include test name and reason f
for a customizable overdue report that
would indicate tests such as urine cultures that
become overdue at 4 days while blood cultures
become overdue at 7 days and CBC overdue at
Provide ability to create tu
reports by date.
Provide a summary report for test usage over a
definable period of time.
Provide physician utilization report (e.g.
number of tests requested by a physician).
Provide ability to print a list of draw
s that need
to be performed.
friendly report generator with
graphical user interface as an integral part of
the outreach application.
Provide ability to create reports from any
to create a billing report.
Provide ability to create a report showing all
tests completed during a date range.
Provide ability to create a report for order
Provide ability to generate patient lists (with
c data) who meet specific
result criteria for public health reporting.
Provide ability to create reports on standing or
Provide ability to write queries using logic in
great detail within the application.
use of commercially available tools
for report generation.
Provide ability to save commonly performed
Provide ability to schedule automatic,
unattended runs of data reports.
Provide ability to create reports to mine patien
data for specific practices within the
line help screens to assist novice
users in all applications.