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ACS renews $57m EHR contract with Missouri HealthNet

Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) : 10 March, 2008  (Company News)
Affiliated Computer Services has renewed its contract with the Missouri HealthNet Division to provide electronic health records and pharmacy benefits management solutions.
The contract has a length of up to 10 years and a total value of $57 million if all option years are exercised.

Under the contract, ACS will provide the state with several components of ACS' electronic health records (EHR) solution, including SmartPA for conducting automated prior authorisations and Prospective Drug Utilization Review. Since 2002, SmartPA has helped contribute more than $85m in programme savings annually in Missouri, USA.

ACS has also provided MO HealthNet with Retrospective Drug Utilization review and academic detailing programmes that have enabled the state to save more than $10m. In 2002, ACS introduced the Get Well programme, a disease management programme that helped the state save more than $7m.

'We have worked closely with the State of Missouri to help them achieve their vision of providing MO HealthNet participants with the best care possible through innovative clinical and technology solutions,' said Christopher T Deelsnyder, ACS senior vice president and managing director, Government Healthcare Solutions. 'ACS is noted for listening to our customers, learning about their business requirements, and implementing solutions for participants, providers, and taxpayers in each of the states we serve.'

The contract renewal extends a relationship that began in 2001.

ACS will also deploy EHR web tools - DirectInform, CyberAccess and DirectCarePro - that enable patients, physicians, and pharmacists to access information that will help MO HealthNet Division improve health outcomes, facilitate coordination of care between providers, reduce dangerous drug interactions, minimise duplicate therapies, and reduce unnecessary costs. ACS will also provide Retrospective Drug Utilization Review and federal reporting services using CyberFormance, a fourth component of ACS' EHR suite of web tools.
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