Minn. county taps Netsmart for health care software

The Human Services and Public Health Department of Hennepin County, Minn., has awarded a three-year, $4.8 million software and services contract to Netsmart Technologies Inc.

The agreement, which expands the Great River, N.Y., company's work with Hennepin County, includes licensed software, on-site product support, project management resources and development of interfaces to support new county initiatives. The company has worked with the county for three years.

The work focuses on assisting more than 1,700 clinical and administrative staff to provide mental and public health services to more than 74,000 clients.

Software revenue, which includes license, labor and maintenance revenue, is expected to be $2.5 million in the first year of the contract. Recurring revenue from maintenance, interface support and upgrades is expected to total $2.3 million for the second and third years.

'This new contract will help take us to the next level over the next three years, with deployment of Web services, remote case management and other key initiatives,' said Don Holmberg, area manager of technology and records management for the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Dept., in a statement.

In addition to software enhancements, Netsmart will help improve Web services and offer new mobile computing capabilities.

The Web services enhancements will let Hennepin County staff import data into any of the options within the Human Services Information System and import data directly into service authorizations.

The mobile computing capabilities will let Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health caseworkers use notebook or tablet computers to download consumer information and enter data while on field visits.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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