Department of Health awards GP payments IT contract

The Department of Health (DH) has awarded a contract to business process services firm Vangent for the delivery of a new calculating and reporting system.

The GP Payments Calculation Service (GPPCS) will support GP commissioning and is intended to replace the existing Quality Management and Analysis System (QMAS) system.

In a contract notice, DH said that the service will rely on input from different data sources and will be required to interface with other DH systems.

Vangent will be required to provide services and supplies including software and hardware with associated infrastructure, installation, training and support, and maintenance services.

It will also be responsible for managing the data migration from the existing payment calculation tools, which includes QMAS.

US-based Vangent, part of General Dynamics IT, beat a shortlist of Accenture, Capgemini and Tata Consultancy Services to win the contract, which is worth £36 million over a six-year period.

According to analysts at TechMarketView, Vangent's win is its first in the UK healthcare market.

"This deal is right up its street, particularly since its acquisition of US healthcare data analytics expert Buccaneer Computer Systems in 2010," said analyst Tola Sargeant.

She expects to see the company to become more active in the UK market now, to add to its existing deal with Southwark Borough Council, since the merger with General Dynamics completed last September.

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