University of Illinois at Chicago
Announcement of an Exempt Purchase
Vendor: Med-El Corporation, Durham, NC
Amount: An estimated $4,000,000
An estimated start date of 11/5/2018 through 6/30/2023
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday, November 5, 2018
The University awarded a contract for cochlear implant systems .
Med-El Cochlear Implant Systems are intended to evoke auditory sensations via electrical stimulation of the auditory pathways for individuals with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss who obtain little or no benefit from acoustic amplification (traditional hearing aids) in the best aided condition. The cochlear implant system consists of an implant, which is surgically placed under the skin behind the ear, and an audio processor which is typically worn on the ear. The cochlear implant converts everyday sounds into coded electrical pulses. These electrical pulses stimulate nerve fibers in the cochlea. The auditory (hearing) nerve transmits the signals to the brain where they are interpreted as sound. The implant continuously stimulates at very high speed. As the brain receives sound information instantaneously, sounds are heard as they occur.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) Med-El Cochlear Implant Systems is an implant used in direct patient care. Without the Med-El Cochlear Implant Systems, the University of Illinois Hospital would not be able to offer cochlear implants that in turn would drive patients elsewhere and result in a loss of revenue to the Hospital.
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