DOI RFI: NWHC LIMS Data Management product

Notice ID DOIGFBO220003

“1. Introduction and Background

The Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) is the nation’s only Federal facility focused on investigating, preventing, and controlling diseases in free-ranging wildlife. We are seeking a user-friendly, enterprise Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for efficient management of processes, information, and data associated with a biosafety level 3 veterinary diagnostic and research laboratory. The new LIMS will replace a disparate collection of databases, spreadsheets, and paper documents…”

“2. Scope

The final LIMS product will meet the requirements put forth in this Performance Work Statement and in the NWHC LIMS Technical Requirements document. This project will consist of a base year with up to 4 option years. The contract vehicle will be an IDIQ.

Base: The contractor shall provide a web-based, enterprise COTS LIMS to integrate and manage the flow and processing of information and specimens through the NWHC’s Laboratory Sciences and Ecology and Epidemiology Branches in Madison, Wisconsin. The new LIMS will replace nearly all of the Center’s ad hoc legacy diagnostic Microsoft databases and spreadsheets currently in use, with the exception of the WHISPers database. In addition, it will introduce new functionality to better manage laboratory administration, quality assurance/quality control, and in-house workflows and products in accordance with good laboratory practices. The resulting costeffective solution must be user-friendly, customizable to a wildlife veterinary-based environment, and configurable by NWHC administrators. While not part of this initial effort, the LIMS must have the ability to integrate with WHISPers and other data systems via API, or directly with PostgreSQL and MS SQL Server RDBMS.

Using existing ‘As-Is’ analyses conducted by NWHC and an external consultant, the contractor shall suggest business process improvements that adapt and design NWHC workflows to the LIMS software in accordance with best laboratory practices. Workflows and inputs across the NWHC branches must be part of a fully integrated LIMS “To-Be” solution, so that NWHC staff, based on permissions, can retrieve and/or manage any data from the various labs.

The LIMS solution will be accessed by up to 55 staff members from 6 functional laboratories – pathology, parasitology, virology, microbiology, chemistry, and epidemiology. These users within the Laboratory Sciences and Ecology and Epidemiology Branches (see NWHC Overview) are to manage and test incoming animal carcass and specimen submissions. Almost a third of the 55 users are managerial and/or administrative staff who would access the system on a less frequent basis for data inquiry and management purposes…”

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