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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #792JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday November 29, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: The Data Guild LLC, Palo Alto, CA
Amount: An estimated $325,000
An estimated start date of 11/30/2016 through 9/30/2017, 10 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 November 15, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The University awarded a contract for The Data Guild's FAER software to The Data Guild LLC, Palo Alto, CA, for an estimated $325,000.
Purchase from The Data Guild their proprietary FAER messaging software and support services to improve patient communication coordination for the Coordinated Healthcare for Complex Kids (CHECK) program.

The unique features of FAER software are as follows: provide patient-centric messaging that fits easily into healthcare staff workflows, including two-level security access from multiple devices (desktop, smart phone and smart tablet). Community Health Workers (CHWs) use Faer Messaging securely in their office or on the field and can send and receive in real time secure SMS messages from caregivers and patients. Faer Messaging includes an editable library of message templates (both in English and Spanish), automated tailored messaging (using Faer's algorithm), staff group messaging (that allows for patients specialized care), and support for surveys and questionnaires data collection (both quantitative and qualitative). CHWs are using Faer Messaging to engage patients, send real time supportive messaging, and coordinate logistics with several appointment reminders, transportation referrals, social service referrals and disease-focused tailored interventions.

Together the MOTION and FAER algorithms bring together a patient's multitude of data (medical and psychosocial data, use of Medicaid services such as transportation and doctor appointments, medication prescription data, emergency room visits and/or hospitalizations data, school attendance data, demographic data, neighborhood characteristics, and more) to create a patient health profile with smart recommendations for healthcare plan action items.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

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.

November 16, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
November 11, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105

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
  • 792JCMPart1.pdf (438 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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