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November 12, 2010

IBM bags $120m healthcare IT support contract from Norway

Upgrade finance and logistics systems using IBM's SAP offering

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has bagged a $120m agreement with Central Norway Regional Health Authority to provide information technology to support all hospitals in Norway and improve coordination and reporting of health information, logistics and finance.

Under the agreement, IBM will provide new offering based on SAP to provide finance and logistics, information integration, management, and operations.

The company said that in the coming four years, health authorities throughout the country will upgrade their finance and logistics systems using IBM’s SAP offering .

IBM said that an integrated platform for healthcare is built on open standards and a common design to simplify the system and allow better collaboration and reporting among health authorities and the government.

Central Norway Regional Health Authority will be the first region to adopt the offering starting with Ostfold Hospital in southeast Norway.

Central Norway Regional Health Authority director of project management and staff Bard Helge Hofstad said the current ERP system is outdated and will be phased out within a few years and is therefore not maintained and upgraded to the necessary extent.

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"A joint logistics and financial offering has the goal of better management of information and reporting, and opportunities for follow-up both within and between health regions," Hofstad said.

"The offering will also enable efficiency through common standardised work processes and codes, as well as contributing to reduced costs and increased reliability through a common administration."

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