Local IT health supplier nabs UK deals

IBA Technologies, a local health care information systems provider, will deliver its Managed Services technology to the South Manchester University NHS Trust and the Kettering NHS Trust (north of London).

The contracts -- spanning up to 11 years -- are expected to be formalised within the next two months.

Gary Cohen, executive chairman of Sydney-based IBA, said: "The major new contracts in the NHS are not just for IT systems, but for total outsourced services that enable health care organisations to manage both the risk and cost of IT procurement."

In the UK, the company manages multicentre hospital IT systems using large data centres and processing capacity on an application service provider (ASP) type model.

IBA in partnership with Hyder Services (large-scale data processing specialists) has also been selected as one of the four approved parties on the South West Electronic Patient Record Collaboration procurement panel.

This procurement includes 29 NHS Trusts in South West England. Under the terms of the agreement any of the 29 Trusts can contract with a member of the panel.

IBA has supplied about 250 health care information systems to hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Singapore and Malaysia.

The company is currently installing an electronic medical records system for the Australian Defence Force (CW October 16 2000, p1). The $2 million contract was signed in October last year.

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