Vangent gains pounds for General Dynamics with UK award

General Dynamics’ acquisition of Vangent Inc. last fall appears already to be paying dividends.

The new subsidiary recently was awarded a six-year, £30 million ($46 million) contract from the UK Department of Health to develop an advanced healthcare reporting system, according to a Jan. 5 company announcement.

The contract calls for developing the Calculating Quality Reporting Service solution, which calculates achievement of quality outcomes for general practitioner practices and clinical commissioning groups.

The reporting service will support up to 40,000 registered users across England and will replace the existing Quality Management and Analysis System that supports a £1.2 billion ($1.85 billion) quality reward system, the announcement said.

The new service will support both existing and new quality rewards and incentives for improved patient care.

Additionally, the new arrangements will help to improve data quality and ensure less time is spent by GPs and the National Health Service measuring achievement against nationally and locally defined criteria.

"Health IT innovation, including the development and application of next-generation analytics, is fundamental to advancing healthcare reform initiatives around the globe," said Marcus Collier, senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology's Health and Civilian Solutions division.

General Dynamics Corp., of Falls Church, Va., ranks No. 5 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors. Vangent, of Arlington, Va., ranks No. 48.