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Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)

High Tech Medical Equipment

The National Acquisition Center’s High Tech Medical Equipment (HTME) Division (formerly Direct Delivery) awards consolidated medical equipment acquisitions in order to maximize VA’s leverage with industry to obtain the lowest possible prices while maintaining quality and technological advantages.  The HTME program also supports clinician-driven best value selections and improves:

  • Utilization of equipment funds through better planning and standardization of processes;
  • Vendor compliance with VHA Health Information Management policies; and
  • Vendor compliance with consistent use of health information standards, technical architectural compliance, data, and terminologies.

Lastly, HTME ensures that all eligible vendors are given a fair opportunity to compete for VA business, as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Products Purchased

HTME awards consolidated acquisitions for radiation therapy, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), physiological monitoring, diagnostic ultrasound upgrades & accessories, x-ray equipment (including computerized radiography and digital radiography), and nuclear medicine.

The HTME Division also provides contracting support to VA Headquarters, VISN offices, VA facilities and Environmental Management Service (EMS) for laundry facility equipment additions retrofits and upgrades.  A central contracting service is provided for consistency, best value and administration in the acquisition of laundry equipment.  This assures high quality and hygienic standards are met for the cleaning of textiles used in the service of our Veterans.  The laundries procured via this process are custom fit to meet the needs, location and spacing configuration at the individual medical centers.  Questions should be directed to Freddie Beaulieux, (708) 786-5240.

Our Customers

HTME supports the high-tech medical needs of the VA and other government agencies.  The Defense Logistics Agency — Troop Support in Philadelphia purchases such equipment for its Department of Defense (DoD) customers.  In accordance with VHA Handbook 1660.04, VA-DOD Direct Sharing Agreement, dated October 2, 2008, sharing of medical equipment contracts between VA and DOD is strongly encouraged.

Visit the HTME Order Process page for full details on the consolidated delivery order options and processes.

Our Staff

The High Tech Medical Equipment staff provides a team approach (including a contracting officer, equipment specialist and procurement technician) to place orders for equipment and monitor requests through the acceptance process.  Issues that develop from the initial order through delivery and equipment acceptance are resolved quickly and completely due to this team approach.  Orders are processed timely and provide the advantage of technical assistance in designing systems to meet the customer’s needs.

For additional information please contact Steven Thomas, Director, National Contract Service, (708) 786-4920, or contact our team.