“Atos Origin supports the French Health Authority in optimising health establishment certification”

Paris, 11 September 2008

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin Company, today announced the signing of a contract with the French Superior Health Authority to ensure the implementation and hosting of an information system dedicated to the certification of health establishments across France.

As part of its mission to improve the quality of healthcare, the Superior Health Authority (HAS) has decided to establish a platform dedicated to the certification of healthcare facilities. The HAS turned to Atos Worldline for the design, development, operation and hosting of its SARA project. The SARA project is a collaborative tool that aims at optimising and industrialising the processes involved in the certification of healthcare facilities.

The secure technical platform will enable healthcare establishments to enter their self-assessments and help mandated auditors to draw up their assessment reports. These documents will then be managed and maintained by SARA. A real one-stop shop for healthcare establishments, the platform will optimise the way reports currently function and thereby optimise their quality. Under the framework of healthcare reform, SARA will also be accessible to the ARH (Regional Hospitalisation Agencies).

In order to implement its project, the French Superior Health Authority was looking for a partner able to provide a flexible, open and interoperable service platform meeting demanding targets in terms of usability and performance. “We selected Atos Worldline for its understanding of the project issues, its capacity to provide a comprehensive customised service and for the expertise of the teams made available to us to implement this wide-ranging project," explained Mr. Antoine Vigneron, CIO of the Superior Health Authority.

Atos Worldline is also assisting the HAS in deploying the SARA project by providing a comprehensive communication and training process. The objective of this assistance programme is to ensure that users are familiar with the tool.

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 EUR 5,8 billion and it employs over 50,000 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 Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Atos Worldline, an Atos Origin company
Atos Worldline is a major European IT player in the processing of high-volume electronic transactions. It specialises in end-to-end payment services including issuing, acquiring and developing payment technology solutions; card processing; CRM & eServices (internet, voice and mobile services). With the focus on technological innovation, Atos Worldline implements its solutions in processing or integration mode. Atos Worldline generates annual revenues of EUR 654 million and employs over 4,000 people.

For further information, please contact:
Emilie Moreau
Atos Origin
Phone: +33 (0)1 55 91 24 74
Email: emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com