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US healthcare chain awards Wipro with $200 million contract

Wipro Ltd Wins $200 Million Healthcare Outsourcing Contract with Catholic Health Initiatives

Wipro Ltd Secures $200 Million Contract from Catholic Health Initiatives

In a major development, Wipro Ltd has landed a lucrative $200 million contract from Catholic Health Initiatives, marking the largest healthcare outsourcing order for the Indian software services giant. The deal will see Wipro overseeing the management of computer systems, networks, data centers, and servers for Catholic Health Initiatives for a period of over three years.

The outsourcing agreement with Catholic Health Initiatives, the second-largest non-profit healthcare chain in the US, comes at a crucial time as US healthcare service providers are scrambling to upgrade their infrastructure ahead of the implementation of President Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation, known as Obamacare, starting on January 1, 2014.

Indian software service providers are expected to receive more such orders worth billions of dollars from US healthcare providers in the near future. The US healthcare outsourcing market is currently estimated to be around $20 billion, according to outsourcing advisory firm Everest Group.

The contract with Catholic Health Initiatives highlights the growing demand for IT services in the healthcare sector, with companies like Wipro, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., and HCL Technologies Ltd. being sought after for their expertise in deploying advanced software applications.

Wipro’s healthcare and life sciences division, which contributes about 10% of the company’s total revenue, has been steadily growing and has partnerships with prominent companies like General Electric Co. However, some analysts remain skeptical about the long-term prospects of Wipro’s healthcare business, citing underperformance compared to peers.

Despite the challenges, the healthcare sector in the US presents a significant growth opportunity for Wipro and other Indian IT service providers. The partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives underscores Wipro’s commitment to expanding its presence in the healthcare industry and capitalizing on the evolving needs of healthcare providers in North America.

As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve with the implementation of Obamacare and the increasing digitization of healthcare services, Wipro’s expertise and capabilities in managing complex IT systems are expected to play a crucial role in supporting healthcare providers in adapting to the changing healthcare environment.

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