London (Jan. 7, 2004) -- Global consulting concern Accenture, the former Andersen Consulting, has been awarded a £934 million contract ($1.2 billion) to help the National Health Service improve healthcare for patients in eastern England. Under the 10-year agreement with the U.K. Department of Health, Accenture will oversee a team of technology companies that will design, build and manage key information systems to support patient care and services.

Accenture said an electronic NHS Care Records Service will be the core of the system’s platform, a system offering access to electronic appointment booking and transmission of prescriptions that will support approximately 9.5 million people and 125 hospitals.

Recently, Accenture secured a similar contract for north east England.

-- WebCPA staff

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