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Q: "Finding Requests for Proposals ( Healthcare Financial) from publications." ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: "Finding Requests for Proposals ( Healthcare Financial) from publications."
Category: Business and Money > Advertising and Marketing
Asked by: rlb2004-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 23 Feb 2004 11:33 PST
Expires: 24 Mar 2004 11:33 PST
Question ID: 309931
I am interested in setting up automatic searches from various sources
(newspapers, federal/ state registers )to obtain notifications of
"Requests for Proposals" from healthcare providers only (primarily
hospitals). The searches must result in auotmatic email notifications
to me.  I am requesting a working product not theorical discussion on
the "how tos".

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 23 Feb 2004 12:24 PST
There are numerous ways to automate such searches for various
different sources of information, but they are not perfect.  That is,
you can set up a search (for example -- there are many different
search possibilities) for:

"request for proposal" hospital

and have it automatically e-mail you with links to any new documents
that appear and that contain these terms.  However, the documents may
or may not be actual RFPs.  A web page with two articles, one on
hospitals, the other on RFPs, would also appear in the results.

Would this type of thing meet your needs?

Clarification of Question by rlb2004-ga on 23 Feb 2004 13:15 PST
I would really like to have the hospitals that are sending out rfps
identified seperately from "all" hospital "all" rfps -- but if you
know of a way that I could run subsquent searches or filters the
results -- that would work also.  My thinking a "Request for Proposals
- Hospitals" as a general search and then all newspapers from around
the country would be searched and results reported back.  Hope this
makes sense?  If not let me know and I'll try again.  Thanks

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 23 Feb 2004 14:51 PST
Hello again,

Let's try an experiment.  Have a look at this link:

It contains recent news articles that fit your search needs.

If this list looks useful, I can help you set it up so that it
automatically notifies you when a new news article appears on the same

It is also possible to set up a separate search that scans the web
(not just news articles) to look for the same query.

If the link looks valuable, let me know, and I'll post the details as
an answer to your question.

And if the link is NOT what you're after, give me some additional
feedback as to what is missing, and perhaps I can fine-tune it to
better meet your needs.



Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 23 Feb 2004 16:55 PST
Hmmm.  That super-long link I provided doesn't work very well...please
don't use it as it produces misleading results.

Try this one instead:

Clarification of Question by rlb2004-ga on 24 Feb 2004 05:32 PST
The link you provided does come close and given the broad range I
guess that as close as I will be able to get.  If you post the
instructions in detail that wil work for me.  I was also thinking last
night that many hospitals post RFP from their procurement office to
there websites.  Will your answer detail instructions on how to
"uncover" these opportunities  -- even if I have to seperately list
each URL (it would be nice to have a database of URL to be searched)
to be searched.  Thanks
Subject: Re: "Finding Requests for Proposals ( Healthcare Financial) from publications."
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 24 Feb 2004 12:06 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again,

I'm glad to hear that the information I provided earlier gets you
close to what you need.  I think the combined sources discussed below
should get you 100% of the way there.

There are several very useful sources of information on
hospital-related RFP's.  I've identified them below, along with the
steps for setting up an automated search and e-mail notification as
new information about RFP's becomes available.

I hope this information fully meets your needs.  But if anything here
is not clear -- or if you need additional information -- just let me
know (before rating the question, please!).  Post a Request for
Clarification to tell me how I can assist you further, and I'll do my



First stop is Google News at:

They offer a free "News Alerts" service that will continually search
recent news items for you, according to the search terms you choose,
and then send you an email notification when a new item appears.

The search that I had used earlier was:

(hospital OR hospitals OR "medical center") (rfp OR "request for proposal" OR rfq)

Copy this line exactly (including parentheses, etc) and paste it into
the "News Search" box.  Then just enter your email address, and select
"How often" you want to be notified, and click on "Create news alert".

That's it!.  Google News will send you an email with instructions for
confirming your News Alert.  Click on the link in the e-mail, and
you're in business.

You are not restricted to a single search.  Set up as many as you
like, and feel free to vary the search terms (e.g., you might want to
try the term "medical clinic" or outpatient or similar terms).

Or, the title of your question suggests you want financial services
RFP's (as opposed to, say, construction RFP's).  If that's the case,
add the word [ financial ] to the search string.

This is a great service.  It should serve you well.


Next stop is Google Alert at:

This is very similar in concept to Google News, except that it
searches the entire web (including, of course, hospital web sites!)
rather than just news sources.

Sign-up is free and just as easy (although you have to pick a user
name and password for this site).  Use the same search as above.

You'll note that Google Alert invites you to submit up to three
searches at once, so if you want to try other search terms, be
my/their guest.

The first time you run this search, Google Alert will find you a ton
of results (there are thousands, many of them going back years), and
will email you the top 50 results.

But after that, the service will simply provide you a once-a-day
update if any new materials appear on the web pertaining to hospital


Lastly, I want to point out the existence of a pretty powerful
commercial service that you can explore at no charge.  If it's useful,
you may want to consider signing up.

The service is at:

and as the name suggests, they specialize in compiling information on
RFP's and making it readily searchable.

You can search their listings for free, but DON'T USE THE SAME SEARCH
STRING that I gave you above for the other searches...this site has a
different search protocol.

Instead, just enter a simple term like "hospital" (no quotes needed),
and see what results. You'll get a list of hundreds of RFP's from all
over the country.

Of course, to see the full RFP's, you'll have to sign up for a
membership at, but it may be worthwhile for you.  One of
the services they offer members is an email notification service of
the type your interested in.

Since this site focuses exclusively on RFP's, you're likely to get
very well-targeted results in your notifications.


As I said above, if you have questions on any of this, just let me
know, and I'm at your service.

Best of luck in your endeavors.  


Search strategy:  Used bookmarked sites from my collection.
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