iSOFTiSOFT, an IBA Health Group company, has bagged contracts valued at A$5.79 million (US$3.85 million) with two regional healthcare services in Spain.

In a deal worth A$5.08 million (US$3.38 million), iSOFT will develop clinical and patient management systems for one of Spain's most important autonomous organizations. The company is part of a consortium providing an integrated healthcare system for 28 hospitals in a project totalling A$23.1 million (US$15.38 million) over two years.

The consortium is upgrading current systems and infrastructure to provide a common platform for all administrative, clinical and patient management functions and so improve the quality of healthcare services for 8 million patients. The system is designed for up to 82,000 healthcare professionals.

The company's contract, which includes patient administration, theatres, electronic prescriptions and data warehousing systems and integration services, covers the initial two years of the project. There is potential for ongoing development, maintenance and support.

According to Gary Cohen, executive chairman and CEO, "IBA, this is a major project in Spain, especially as other autonomous organizations are planning similarly joined-up, regional healthcare systems. The project also provides a foundation for further developments such as electronic health records."

Meanwhile, iSOFT has won a contract worth U$479,628 to develop an e-prescription solution for the Navarra Healthcare Service in northern Spain.

Under the initial one-year contract, iSOFT will provide an e-prescription solution to eliminate paper prescriptions and so save time and costs and avoid dispensing mistakes. It will also give doctors prescribing rules and lists of recommended drugs and automate invoicing and payments for pharmacists.

iSOFT is working in partnership with Madrid-based information and technology services company IECISA. The solution will be piloted at the Mendillorri and Mutilva health centres, the Navarra Hospital and 17 pharmacies this year, before being rolled out to 56 health centres and all 500 pharmacies throughout the region in 2010.

The company's contract is for the initial pilot project and is its first with the Navarra Healthcare Service. It follows the completion of an e-prescription project for the Balearic Island Healthcare Service in December 2008. iSOFT's solution is now used by 55 health centres and 411 pharmacies in Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

"The e-prescription project in the Balearic Islands is a huge success and now serves as a model for other healthcare services in Spain. The 600,000 people in the Navarra region stand to benefit from this investment since the solution will help save money by reducing administrative workloads and eliminating duplicate prescriptions, improve accuracy and so avoids mistakes, and give doctors more time for patients," stated Guillermo Ramas, managing director of iSOFT Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

iSOFT is one of the world's largest providers of healthcare IT solutions. It designs, builds and delivers industry-leading software systems that serve the entire health sector. Its Global Development Centres of Excellence at Chennai and Bangalore contribute strategically to this international footprint.