“Department of Health Signs Two Diagnostics Contracts with Atos Origin”

London, 22 December 2006

Providing diagnostic tests at times and locations convenient to patients

Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that its Medical Services division has signed a five-year contract with the British Department of Health to provide diagnostic services to the South West and North West regions.

The two contracts involve managing the entire process from appointment booking through to test interpretation and report delivery for a range of diagnostic services including CT; MRI; x-ray and audiology. Atos Origin is expected to perform 450,000 tests each year from more than 60 fixed locations and 17 mobile test centres. The convenience of these services within the local community will help patients access the appointments they need both in terms of locality and through extended opening hours in some sites.

“Winning these two contracts confirms Atos Origin as a leading provider of medical services in the UK,” said Simon Chipperfield, senior vice president for Medical Services at Atos Origin. “Our focus now is to work with the Department of Health to roll-out these new services which will provide patients with greater choice and help to reduce waiting times.”

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.

Notes to the editors

The North West region covers Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester and the South West, which covers Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Avon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. It's core 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.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com