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News Release
September 17, 2002

Contact: Sara Byars, Clinical Research Information System, National Institutes of Health (301) 402-6202

Clinical Research Information System Contract Announced

The first major contract for developing the Clinical Research Information System at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., has been awarded to the Computer Sciences Corporation.

CSC, a consulting and information technology firm based in El Segundo, Calif., will serve as systems integrator for this NIH information technology project. The Clinical Research Information System—CRIS—ultimately will be a collection of interrelated information systems that tie together and support patient care and clinical research at the NIH.

Under this six-year, $32 million contract, CSC's task is to ensure that all segments of the CRIS project are developed and implemented effectively, a critical role in designing and managing complex information systems.

"CRIS will serve as the nerve center of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center now under construction at NIH, and will be an innovative resource for clinical researchers who translate laboratory discoveries into better health care," said Dr. John I. Gallin, director of the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center and NIH associate director for clinical research. The Clinical Center is NIH's research hospital; the Hatfield Center will house new hospital and lab facilities.

The Clinical Center developed and has used an electronic medical information system for more than a quarter century. The system was one of the nation's first. "The capabilities of information systems and the expectations of those who use them, especially in clinical research, have grown enormously," explained Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld, CRIS project manager. "Its clinical research facets will make CRIS unique among hospital information systems."

The systems integrator award is under a task order of the CIO-SP2 (Chief Information Officer-Solutions and Partners 2) contract administered by the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center.

More information about the CRIS project is on the web:

The Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center is the research hospital of the National Institutes of Health. Through clinical research, physicians and scientists translate laboratory discoveries into better treatments, therapies and interventions to improve the nation's health. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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