University of Illinois at Chicago
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The University intends to award a contract for Software Support and Maintenance to GE Healthcare, South Burlington, VT, for an estimated $456,397.
The University has a need to purchase software support and maintenance, including software upgrades to the GE Centricity Perinatal system. This is needed to capture, store and archive fetal movement tracings. The end result of this is that we can continue to perform fetal surveillance by acquiring fetal tracings at the bedside or in the ambulatory clinic. Fetal surveillance monitors the fetus' heart rate and the strength and duration or uterine contractions. The system is used throughout the hospital and ambulatory area's including, labor & delivery, ante-natal, emergency and ambulatory care. This request is to purchase the on-going maintenance required for a system that is utilized 24x7 to support the obstetrics service line work flow.
The source code is owned and held by GE Healthcare. The vendor must have access to the source code to provide maintenance and support. As the intellectual property owner of the GE Centricity Perinatal software, only GE Healthcare is in a position to provide maintenance and support on its software. The support includes maintenance for the GE monitors that are attached to the patient in order to capture the fetal monitoring data.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance. The University, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is GE Healthcare. The University has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.
Although the University has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the University's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury
We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we
receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also
hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to
provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.
The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against
the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing
is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence
will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record
it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we
will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.
We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the
registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold
the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing.
Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.
May 5, 2021
401 S. Spring Street
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
Date, time, and location are
subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential
participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.
April 30, 2021
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qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.