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Logica to provide security solution for the medical and healthcare sector in Sweden

Logica, a leading IT and business services company, and the public agency SVR AB (Medical Care Advice Service) in Sweden, have signed an agreement concerning the development and management of Basic Services for the Provision of Information (BIF). BIF is a national security infrastructure for the medical and healthcare sector that guarantees the integrity of patient information and ensures that the right people gain access to the right information. BIF includes nine IT services and will be based on open source code, making it one of the largest ever open source projects in Sweden.

This new agreement covers five years with the possibility of extension for up to two years. The contract is valued at SEK 95 million (approximately euro 10 million) with an option for Logica to deliver additional integration services to local and regional healthcare providers through suborders.

Tjia Torpe, CEO of SVR AB, said: 'Sophisticated security and authenticity control is a prerequisite for information sharing among caregivers within and between county councils. This objective has been assigned the highest priority in the national IT strategy for health and medical care. We are very satisfied with the result of the evaluation and negotiation process. Logica is the supplier that best matched each of the four sub-demands of the public procuremnt process, covering technical development, management, support services and price and business conditions. We look forward to jointly establishing a stable platform for increased patient security.'

Stefan Gardefjord, CEO of Logica in Sweden, commented: 'We are proud to deliver this solution and to play an important role in the national coordination of patient information, which is something that will affect all Swedish citizens. Since the BIF project is currently one of the most challenging and interesting European projects involving security and authenticity control, we look forward to delivering an innovative service, and will leverage our in-depth understanding of the specific needs of the healthcare sector.'

Logica's service is based on tested open source components and comprises authentication, access control, health relation, approval, secure patient context, logging, log analysis, notification and distribution. It is based on the XML standards for security and authentication, such as XACML and SAML, and a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

'We made it clear that we require a leading edge solution based on open standards, to avoid restricting ourselves to a specific supplier in the future', said Mats Hagner, Project Manager for BIF at SVR AB. 'That the best solution also turned out to be based on open source code was not part of our specifications. However, an open source solution is cost effective and highly practical within the Swedish public administration model, which requires both national and local implementation of various parts of the same solution.' Focus Areas: BPEL | DITA | ebXML | IDtrust | OpenDocument | SAML | UBL | UDDI
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