2018 News

Small Business, Big Benefits: How Small Businesses Fit into Bundled Contracts

Posted by Mike G. Luby on Nov 27, 2018 10:18:55 AM
The trend to consolidate or “bundle” large-scale Government contracts has become more prevalent in recent years as policymakers and Government offices strive to find new ways to sustain critical services at a lower cost rather than just cutting them. The perspective offered by Governments is that spending on fewer providers helps minimize costs, streamline efforts, and secure lower prices from suppliers—which translate into lower costs for taxpayers. This consolidation trend has received pushback, however, from groups representing the interest of small businesses such as the House Small Business Committee, because it arguably creates an unfair advantage in the bidding process when several unrelated goods or services are lumped together into a single contract. Despite the debate, the welfare and viability of small businesses should not be viewed as being at odds with more efficient business models and cost savings for taxpayers. In fact, the small business model facilitates the cost-saving and efficient outcomes that contract bundling endeavors to create in many ways that big business model cannot.
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Topics: Innovation, Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Small Business

Ellumen Inc. is Awarded Contract with DoD DHA for LogiCole Documentation, Training and Independent Verification and Validation Testing Services

Posted by Mary Carroll on Aug 1, 2018 2:19:08 PM

Ellumen Inc. Increases Presence in Medical Logistics Arena with Additional Task Added to Incumbent Contract Award

Ellumen Inc., a trusted provider of professional services and IT solutions, was recently awarded a contract for incumbent work with the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Health Agency (DHA) for the LogiCole Documentation, Training and Independent Verification and Validation Testing Services (IV&V).  LogiCole represents the third iteration of the DHA integrated suite of business process applications that was initially known as DMLSS (Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support), and more recently DML-ES (Defense Medical Logistics—Enterprise Solution). DML-ES represents the DoD MEDLOG IT Portfolio of capabilities that provided a continuum of medical logistics support for the DHA. LogiCole is the technical refresh of DMLSS, transitioning all MEDLOG applications into a single, web-based application supporting all medical logistics functions in the Military Health System.

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Topics: Government Health IT, Department of Defense, Contract Award, Training, Medical Logistics, Documentation, IV&V

Short Timeline, Small Budget, Big Results: Ellumen Ignites Interoperability with HL7® FHIR®

Posted by Mike G. Luby on Feb 8, 2017 3:03:58 PM


In 2015 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was facing a problem. As the VA OI&T organization was charging forward to align with target architectural goals and prepare for the next phase of clinical data sharing with the DoD and other partners the VHA clinicians were becoming concerned. Their clinical data sharing applications, used daily in the treatment of thousands of veterans, which provide access to longitudinal health data from the DoD were slated to be sunset, and a viable replacement was not yet available on the enterprise level. VHA clinical staff recognized that this issue was not just a mere inconvenience but had the potential to cause patient safety issues and negatively impact the overall quality of care provided to our nation's Veterans.

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Topics: Government Health IT, FHIR, EHR, Interoperability, Innovation, Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Agile