The Welsh NHS has signed a three-year, £10m deal with Microsoft for desktop and mobile computing software, which it reckons will save it £8.5m.
All trusts and local health boards throughout the NHS in Wales are included in the contract, which covers 35,000 desktops.
NHS Wales said the national deal represented better value for money than if licences had been negotiated locally. It said taking out separate local deals would have cost it another £8.5m.
The contract will be managed by Wales NHS’s Informing Healthcare technology programme.
As part of the deal, health service workers will get training vouchers for products covered by the contract, and staff will get cheaper software licences for home use.
All the desktops will also have access to Microsoft's Welsh language pack.
Welsh Assembly health minister Dr Brian Gibbons said, "This is excellent news for NHS Wales and for patient care. The cost-saving deal means that we can continue to ensure that money is focused where it is needed – on providing world class services for patients."