EDS inks Rhode Island electronic health network contract
Electronic Data Systems (EDS) said that the Rhode Island Department of Health has awarded it a three-year contract to design, implement and manage the nation's first statewide network for electronic health records.

According to the Plano, Texas-based EDS, after securing a patient's permission, the Rhode Island Health Information Exchange (HIE) will consolidate the health information of state residents in a secure network to provide authorized hospitals, doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare providers with a more complete patient health file to aid in care.

The contract, valued at $1.7 million, includes four 12-month options and will be managed from EDS' electronic health record center in Warwick, R.I. The network is expected to go live in the summer of 2008, EDS said.