“Atos Origin selected by British Department of Health as preferred bidder for second independent sector diagnostics procurement programme contract”

London, 7 September 2006

Atos Origin in final discussions for North West Region

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that its Medical Services division has been selected as preferred bidder for a second contract in the independent sector diagnostics procurement programme. One of seven contracts shortly to be awarded by the Department of Health, the North West Region contract will commence in April 2007 and will run for five years.

The chosen provider will supply diagnostic services including CT; MRI; x-ray and DEXA; ultrasound; echo-cardiology (ECG); blood pressure measurement; audiology; spirometry; and neurophysiology. The geographical area covered by the North West Region contract comprises of Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Around one quarter of a million patients are expected to be seen each year in the region.

Similar to the South West region contract, for which Atos Origin has also been selected as preferred bidder, a range of healthcare sites will be used to provide the imaging services including General Practitioner (GP) surgeries and city centre and hospital locations. Mobile facilities will also be deployed around the region, providing more flexible access to local health resources. Services will be provided at a wide selection of times including weekends and evenings at some sites, offering more convenient and accessible choices to patients.

Simon Chipperfield, senior vice president, Medical Services, Atos Origin commented: β€œTo be selected as preferred bidder for a second contract is testament to the experience, knowledge and expertise of the Medical Services team at Atos Origin. The goal in the North West Region is the same as that for all of the regions – to provide better access to healthcare facilities, increased choice and reduced waiting times for the local patients. We look forward to the potential opportunity to work closely with the Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts in the North West Region to deliver on this goal.”

Atos Origin is a unique service provider to the UK healthcare sector, providing occupational health, primary care, capability assessment and diagnostic services to more than two million people each year. Atos Origin also delivers IT programmes at the heart of the health service modernisation programme, increasing patient choice and improving the patient experience.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5,5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

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