The Utah Procurement Code provides that a procurement may be made without competition when the University determines that there is only one source that can reasonably meet the University’s need for the required supply or service, as described in Utah Code Ann. § 63G-6a-802.

The Purchasing Department has received the following request for sole source procurement

Product and/or Service to be purchased: OBIX Fetal Monitoring Solution

Sole Source Supplier: OBIX

Earliest Proposed Purchase Date: June 04, 2024

Buyer Name: Katherine Coons

Sole Source Justification:

After a thorough evaluation between different Supplier's fetal monitoring solutions, it is evident that OBIX stands out as the optimal choice for our fetal monitoring needs and is the only vendor on the market with an advanced monitoring solution vs. a basic monitoring solution. This is based on its unique clinical benefits and superior functionality which are listed below.

Non-stress test (NST) outpatient documentation: OBIX is the only system that allows the provider to select the “OBIX” tab within Epic to view the tracing associated with the encounter. Because of this workflow the patient can be discharged from the outpatient visit without causing issue to the potential admission to inpatient within the same day.

Clinical tools: OBIX enables the fetal monitoring associated with the entire pregnancy to be viewed in one full strip. OBIX has the ability to monitor triplets and is the only system that can separate out each triplet for ease of interpretation.

Copy/paste function: When a patient is admitted under the wrong name, the nurse can copy and paste the strip into the correct patient’s chart. This keeps the continuity of a tracing review in one place without searching other charts.

Alarm fatigue: OBIX is the only system in which alerts silence themselves once the issue is corrected. Currently, providers suffer from alert fatigue since every alert has to manually acknowledged before resetting.

This sole source is valid for a period of five (5) years from the implementation date and will exceed $50K annually.