Ness Technologies, leader of a consortium with Lynx and others, wins phase one of Slovak eHealth System, for $24 million of $44 million total
Bratislava 12 April 2010Ness Technologies Inc., a global provider of information technology solutions and services, as the leader of a consortium with its partner Lynx Ltd., has won a public tender with the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic to provide the first phase of an Electronic Healthcare Services system, valued at 32,4 million euro, or approximately $44 million, excluding VAT. The term of the initial phase is 24 months.
Ness will be responsible for the development of the system software and will serve as system integrator, in work representing 17,8 million euro, or approximately $24 million, excluding VAT, of the total phase one project budget. Lynx, a provider of security solutions and information systems, will be responsible for security and infrastructure, representing 14,6 million euro, or approximately $20 million, excluding VAT, with its partners.
The consortium consists of companies with extensive experience implementing health care information systems in many countries. The project, which takes into account the process priorities in the provision of health care set by the Slovak Ministry of Health, will utilize technologies from well-known international vendors.
The objectives of the phase one implementation are:
- establishing a National Health Portal, to ensure the central provision of public
health-related information to patients, health care personnel and external organisations,
- building a system of electronic appointment scheduling - so-called eAllocation - to facilitate citizens' access to health care services,
- establishing electronic prescription and medication processes - so-called ePrescription and eMedication - to cover the issues of prescription drug distribution with electronic support, and
- creating an Electronic Health Book for each citizen, in this phase providing the citizens and doctors with informative health data on a patient.
"Ness has delivered and acted as system integrator on similar projects in the United States and in Israel, for very large health care organisations, covering a wide health care spectrum in these countries", stated Martin Kohút, Managing Director of Ness Slovakia. "eHealth computerization is a broad and complex task which requires a range of skills and expertise, and we and the consortium of companies we represent have an extensive track record in the field of health care informatics. This expertise forms the basis for this socially important implementation in Slovakia, which we expect to lead to further phases of health care computerization."
"The first phase of this project will create the basic pillars of health care computerization in Slovakia", stated Zoltán Kollár, Managing Director, Lynx Ltd. "The eHealth project is long-term, but the first demonstrable prototypes and samples will be presented at the National conference in May 2010. The goal of the project is to enable the citizens of Slovakia to get better health care and improve the availability of information regarding the health care provided. At the same time, the information and information systems must have the level of security required by the European Union."
Lynx Ltd. has been operating on the information technology market since 1991. Its client base includes the most important companies operating in the segments of financial services, telecommunications, electrical power and manufacturing. A significant part of the company's portfolio is the area of complex enterprise security and business continuity planning. Quality Management System is in accordance with ISO 9001:2000; it is certified and assessed on a regular basis. The mission of Lynx is to offer its customers solutions with high added value in the areas of information systems security, building information and communications infrastructure, technology applications and complex security, in accordance with the legislation requirements of the Slovak Republic, the European Union, international standards and world best practices.
Ness Technologies is a global provider of IT and business services and solutions with specialized expertise in software product engineering; system integration, application development and consulting; and software distribution. Ness delivers its portfolio of solutions and services using a global delivery model combining offshore, near-shore and local teams. With about 7800 employees, Ness maintains operations in 18 countries, and partners with numerous software and hardware vendors worldwide.
Ness Slovakia, a subsidiary of Ness Technologies, ranks as one of the most important companies on the Slovak IT market. It specializes in providing end-to-end IT solutions and services for the most prominent local companies in key sectors, including electrical power industry and utilities, national and local government, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and services. Ness Slovakia has branches in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Kosice.
More news about Ness Technologies is available in the VMW March 2006 article DbMotion selected as technology platform for a Netherlands-based Health Information Network.
Source: Ness Technologies
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