J Michael Consulting has been awarded a subcontract from prime contractor ICF International to provide laboratory and HL7 subject matter expertise to support the Laboratory Response Network’s (LRN) Data Exchange and Laboratory Informatics Services. ICF and JMC will partner on two separate task orders with CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS). Each task order has a term of 3.5 years, including one five-month base and three one-year options; combined, the orders represent a $14.3 million award. ICF and JMC will provide the information technology and systems support for the LRN, a global network of public health-related laboratories established to identify and respond quickly to biological, chemical, radiological and natural public health emergencies.
The JMC team is responsible for the personnel and services necessary to manage the standardized messaging component of the data exchange project, referred to as LIMS Integration (LIMSi). The scope of services provided includes business and requirements analysis; system architecture planning and design; creation/maintenance of data message and vocabulary standards and direct assistance to labs to implement the standards; software design, development, and deployment; documentation and training support; and specialized skills related to HL7 message configuration support, LOINC, SNOMED, integration engines, and laboratory information management systems.
“JMC is excited and honored to continue supporting LRN Stakeholders to develop and enhance this critical component of CDC’s emergency response infrastructure through our long-standing partnership with ICF International,” said Jon Lipsky, CEO of J Michael Consulting.
The Laboratory Response Network plays an essential role in the nation’s emergency preparedness strategy and allows the United States to respond quickly to public health threats. By implementing automated and reliable data exchange, we are removing the barriers to sharing information with CDC, reducing reporting time, and enabling laboratories to focus on testing rather than on reporting results.