N.C. health system gets shot in the arm from Saber Corp.

The North Carolina Health and Human Services Department has awarded a 19-month contract worth $19.8 million to Saber Corp. to update the state's health system.

Under the contract, Saber of Portland, Ore., will replace several of the state's legacy public health systems with a statewide, Web-based system. The company will integrate the system throughout the state's public health departments.

Saber's partner on the project is NetSmart Technologies Inc., a maker of enterprisewide software.

Saber will construct the system around Netsmart's Avatar software, a commercial product that automates clinical, financial and management functions for providers and payers of community mental health, public health and substance abuse services.

The deal includes a subsequent 42-month maintenance and support clause that will raise the total value of the contract to $24.5 million. Further, the deal includes two options that would enable the contracting team to extend the systems coverage to the state's mental and rural health communities.

William Welsh is the deputy editor of Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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