The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Request For Proposal (RFP) captures the essential elements that need to be included in a RFP. Firstly it provides a statement of purpose which is about the extent of services or product the organization is looking for. The RFP looks at the scope of work that needs to be provided by the external vendor which involves the duties and expected outcome. The RFP also outlines the performance standards expected for the EHR. There are deliverables provided in the RFP which what needs to be delivered when awarded the contract. The RFP provides a comprehensive requirement for proposal preparation with regards to the terms of content and the documents that the organization wants to receive from the contractor.
There are several strengths and weakness of this RFP. One of the strengths is the RFP provides a broad and extensive list of requirements from the external vendor. The other strength of the RFP is that it touches on important elements that are concerned with EHR which include functionality and scalability, interoperability, price, customer support, privacy, architecture, meaningful use, and standard compliance. There are various weaknesses in the RFP which include; lack of incentives and penalties, the terms of contract are not provided such as termination, there is no process schedule and lastly, the RFP lacks evaluation and award process.
In conclusion, looking at the RFP it has concentrated much on what the external vendor should provide and neglecting the terms of contract. The RFP has addressed all the issues that the contractor should provide without outlining how the final contract will be awarded, the timelines of the contract or process schedules. It has emphasized on the quality element while neglecting the cost and time elements. The RFP should be re-evaluated to include the omitted elements which are crucial in awarding of the contract because amendments in the last minute can cause problems (Milic, 2013).