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Perot Systems (Plano, Texas), a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions, reported that it has been selected as one of eight prime contractors for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration, Office of Information (VHA OI) VistA Contractor Services (VCS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), with a $1.02 billion maximum aggregate value.

Perot Systems will have the opportunity to help the VA maintain and sustain VistA, the VA's advanced clinical and administrative system used by more than 157 VA health care facilities and 887 ambulatory care and community- based outpatient clinics nationwide.

As one of eight multiple awardees in the five-year VCS BPA, Perot Systems will be able to compete for task orders that will provide support for existing systems. The VCS BPA includes award term incentives that could, if a task order is held and the award terms are earned, result in five additional one-year award periods.

Perot Systems also recently was awarded an Interagency Independent Verification and Validation task order in support of the Bidirectional Health Information Exchange (BHIE), a joint IT effort between the VA and the Department of Defense (DoD). The BHIE enables the departments to transfer clinical information in real time, and provides computable data for use by VA and DoD healthcare providers.