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BT signs deal with US supplier Perot for NHS patient records system

BT has signed a £108m contract with service provider Perot Systems to help it deliver a patient-records system and application to...

BT has signed a £108m contract with service provider Perot Systems to help it deliver a patient-records system and application to the NHS.

Perot will provide project management, implementation and configuration services for the NHS national programme for IT.

BT won a £996m,10-year contract in 2003 to be the local service provider for the electronic patient records system for London.

Healthcare software technology provider IDX Systems is supplying the application for the contract. In addition to London, NPfIT awarded four other regional contracts.

Perot has been a subcontractor on the deal since BT entered its bid, so the agreement represents a cementing of the relationship, according to Perot spokesman Charlie Richards.

Although the Plano, Texas, company signed a six-and-a-half-year contract with BT, fully implementing the patient records system is being thought of as a seven-to-10-year project, Richards said.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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