GSA, NIH to Collaborate on Health IT Modernization; Emily Murphy Quoted

Emily Murphy
Emily Murphy

The General Services Administration (GSA) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have partnered in a strategic agreement to modernize NICHD information technology operations, the GSA announced on Monday.

Emily Murphy, administrator of GSA and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the agency looks to support the NICHD research operations as part of the Centers of Excellence initiative.

“It is more important than ever to focus on cross-agency collaboration, and I look forward to seeing the fantastic results that will be achieved at NIH through this IT modernization partnership.”

The partnership will be integrated into the CoE initiative within GSA’s technology transformation services office and seeks to facilitate NICHD’s acceleration and adoption of an IT modernization strategy.

NICHD researchers have orchestrated the institute’s mission in the lab, in the field and in the offices using critical infrastructure, data and applications. The IT modernization strategic roadmap will provide immediate business value to NICHD and address strategic opportunities in an accelerated manner.

Under the partnership, a team of Cloud Adoption, Data and Analytics, and organizational change management experts will be supported by private sector teams that use documented best practices from the federal and private sectors.

NIH’s partnership has marked the most recent agency to collaborated with GSA and apply the CoE approach to modernization, adding to the list that includes U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, among others.

GSA’s TTS will continue to advance IT modernization at federal agencies by leveraging private sector innovation and government services and centralizing best practices and expertise for holistic transformation. The office also helps agencies extend services, making them accessible, efficient, and effective with modern applications.

“The addition of NIH as a new partner is a testament to the dedication of the CoE, and the larger TTS team, to continue to serve agency partners amid today’s challenging environment,” said TTS Director Anil Cheriyan. “The CoE will help the NICHD team advance foundational technology elements, such as infrastructure, data, and applications that are critical enablers of its mission.”

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