IBM wins $184 mln contract extension from National Account Service Company

by Editor 4/3/2009 4:43:00 PM
IBM has won a seven-year extension to its information technology services deal with the National Account Service Company LLC (NASCO). The new contract is worth $184 million.

Under the terms of the contract, IBM will keep supporting NASCO's systems infrastructure and applications and help the company process claims more efficiently as a benefit for Blue Cross(R) and Blue Shield(R) Plans, while increasing performance and lowering costs.

The IT services giant will also provide NASCO with data centre services, application maintenance and development services, as well as help the company modernize application environment using IBM WebSphere software to take full advantage of a service oriented architecture (SOA) platform.

IBM will also upgrade NASCO's system to IBM's System z10 mainframe for increased computing power and energy efficiency to support NASCO's growth and continued processing reliability.

NASCO's President and CEO John Ladaga said: "NASCO is committed to helping our Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan customers differentiate themselves in today's rapidly changing healthcare market. We are confident that with IBM, NASCO and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans we serve will have the expertise and scalable resources to aggressively compete in the healthcare arena."

Dan Pelino, IBM General Manager, Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry, added: "People have growing expectations from health systems, and they want to make better health and wellness choices. It is IBM's view that improved efficiency across health enterprises can be achieved through innovative IT delivery models. The savings can then be funneled back into new innovation or application modernization and smarter healthcare processes, which is exactly what we are doing with NASCO. We are delighted to expand our long standing relationship with NASCO by providing IT services that create more interconnected and intelligent healthcare systems." .

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