Request for Information

UPDATE: Responses to RFI questions are posted

Please see the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below which answers every question submitted by prospective respondents to the Request for Information for the Public Health Community Platform. All questions were submitted between the release date of the RFI, May 4, 2015, and the deadline for questions, May 15, 2015. Every question was answered independently, therefore some repetition of questions and answers should be expected. Within each of the four general categories, questions are presented in no particular order and position in the document does not imply any perception of relative importance. All indications of the identity of the questioners has been removed.

The FAQ document can be found in the file listing at the bottom of the page as "FAQ for PHCP RFI.pdf". 

Please use the "Download" links to retrieve the FAQ document. We do not recommend using the "View" link.

ASTHO has released a Request for Information (RFI) to help inform the development of the Public Health Community Platform (PHCP).  The goal of the RFI is solely to collect information regarding conceptual approaches to architecting and implementing the PHCP.  The information collected will help ASTHO to determine the best approaches to subsequently create scopes of work for contracting mechanisms, such as RFPs (dependent on approval of funding by the CDC).

ASTHO is posting this RFI as widely as possible and we are also sending the RFI directly by email to many a large range of known vendors, academic institutions, and public health agencies. Any interested parties may respond to this RFI.  The RFI and the RFI response form are located at the bottom of this page. If you have any problem accessing the RFI and the response form, please contact

The Introduction and Schedule for the RFI Follows (extracted from the RFI) is shown below:

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY to identify a wide range of approaches to developing a platform architecture and core technology infrastructure that leverages cloud computing to meet the rapidly evolving technical needs of  state, territorial, local, tribal, and federal public health practice. The information obtained from responses to this RFI will be subsequently used to inform one or multiple contracting mechanisms such as Request for Proposals (RFPs) to employ companies and/or individuals to execute the development of this architecture and core technology infrastructure.   This architecture and core technology infrastructure will ultimately form the backbone of the Public Health Community Platform, an initiative currently supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and managed by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).  

Please note that the PHCP will be implemented by iterative development of multiple services, potentially utilizing many vendors or other entities, all guided by the overarching principles of PHCP governance.  The PHCP will utilize many different types and sources of data as well as be supportive of the development of new community-driven applications.  The PHCP will be based on industry standards and best practices to allow the public health enterprise (broadly defined as the variety of actors that engage in public health) to exchange information.

This RFI is intended to garner responses from a wide range of respondents as possible including, but not limited to, technology vendors and consultants, public health agencies, academic institutions and any other entities that may have an interest in responding to this RFI.  ASTHO strongly encourages respondents to provide examples of similar community platform implementations outside of public health or healthcare.  The structure of the response form for this RFI allows the flexibility for a respondent to provide input from their own perspective whether it be from the view of software design, implementation strategies, procurement, governance, or a mixture of these or other contexts.  

ASTHO has not made a commitment to procure any of the items discussed, and release of this RFI should not be construed as such a commitment or as authorization to incur c

ost for which reimbursement would be required or sought. All submissions become ASTHO property and will not be returned.  The information provided in this RFI is entirely subject to change and is not binding for ASTHO, the CDC, or any other associated entity or stakeholder. 

The objectives of this RFI are to:

  1. Collect information regarding conceptual approaches to creating an architecture and core technology infrastructure that supports state, territorial, local, tribal, and federal public health practice to efficiently create, curate, and deploy a suite of community-driven services, applications, and tools.
  2. Collect descriptions and evaluations of existing enterprise architecture plans, platform services and applications, governance models, similar community platform initiatives that may inform or become foundational methods for development and governance of the PHCP architecture and core technology infrastructure.
  3. Optionally and at the discretion of ASTHO, invite respondents to demonstrate or discuss the applicability and approaches of their solutions in person or via webinar.

RFI Schedule:

May 4           Release of RFI

May 15         Deadline for submitting questions (

May 20         Response to all questions provided on

May 27         Deadline for confirming Intent to Respond (

June 12        Deadline for submitting RFI 
                  (emailed to with the subject line re: SUBMISSION OF RFI FOR PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY PLATFORM)

Respondents must ensure that the response to this RFI is received via email

no later than 11:59 pm on closing date June 12, 2015.

Please download the RFI and Response Form using the "Download" links below.

(We do not recommend using the "View" Links)

If you have any problem accessing the RFI and the response form, please contact

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