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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #705JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday June 2, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Nuance Communications Inc., Burlington, MA
Amount: An estimated $170,393
An estimated start date of 6/1/2016 through 5/31/2019, 36 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Tuesday May 10, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Powerscribe Speech Recognition software to Nuance Communications Inc., Burlington, MA, for an estimated $170,393.
Continual Software Support Services for Nuance's Powerscribe Speech Recognition used by Radiology to dictate reports for resulting radiological studies.

Nuance developed with collaboration with Hospital IT a customized Radiological process that included a Dragon Speech engine. This speech recognition technology is widely used by staff. Nuance is currently interfaced with both the Cerner Electronic Medical Record as well as the Picture Archiving System (PACs). Radiologists depend on the integration between the PAC's system and Nuance to effectively interpret and record impressions of patient images. Additionally, the PACs system can be accessed directly via an API from Nuance, improving efficiencies of access when utilizing both systems to interpret exam results. Physicians rely on the integration between Nuance and the EMR to quickly retrieve exam results immediately after finalization which improve and quicken the medical decision making process and ultimately the patient care delivery process. For Radiologists, Nuance offers predefined area specific interpretation/dictation templates to assist the Radiologist in capturing necessary data elements in the interpretation of the image.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

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 11, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
Fax:(217) 558-5407
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.

Registration Deadline:
May 6, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 705JCMPart1.PDF (383 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 705JCMPart2.pdf (62 KB)