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SAIC to Provide Bio-Surveillance Software, Data Analysis for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(ATLANTA, GA, December 07, 2005) Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced today it was awarded two contracts in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Public Health Informatics’ BioSense program.

The first contract for software development and technical support of the BioSense system is a time and materials award with a base year worth $7,308,779 and also two option years respectively worth $8,696,681 and $8,696,681. The second contract, a cost-plus-fixed-fee award, to implement clinical and health indicator data feeds to BioSense from health organizations across the United States, has a ceiling value of $33,971,432. The combined potential value of both awards is $68.4 million.

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BioSense is a CDC-led initiative to provide early detection of a possible bio-terrorism attack or naturally occurring disease outbreak and to provide situational awareness to public health responders during any such event.

“Over the next 33 months, SAIC expects to implement over 120 BioSense ‘data feeds’ that can provide the national coverage necessary to detect and characterize a possible bio-terrorist and/or natural health threat,” said David Groves, SAIC vice president for Public Health Informatics. “This data will come from major healthcare providers and other health-related data sources, including pharmacies and medical laboratories nationwide.”

SAIC and its teammates, First Consulting Group, Falls Church, Va.; McKesson Corporation, Alpharetta, Ga.; and Healthcare Enterprise Innovations, Arlington, Va., will deploy teams to work with volunteer healthcare organizations to integrate the necessary hardware and software to enable transmission of real-time streams of health monitoring data to the CDC.

Under the software development contract, SAIC will continue the work of developing and refining the BioSense Analysis, Visualization, and Reporting application. A central objective for BioSense is to provide statistical analyses and data visualization capabilities to detect a sudden shift in community health status and to support public health officials and scientists in providing early and effective public health response.

SAIC has worked closely with the CDC since 2003 to rapidly design and implement BioSense and to address the urgent need for an initial systems capability to collect data from national health data sources, including the Department of Defense, and expedite initial detection and quantification of possible bio-terrorism attacks and outbreaks.

“SAIC is proud to continue to support the CDC in the important BioSense initiative to help protect our nation’s citizens from the growing threat of bio-terrorism,” said Robert McCord, SAIC senior vice president and general manager of the Health Solutions Business Unit.

SAIC is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States, with annual revenues of $7.2 billion and more than 43,000 employees in over 150 cities worldwide. SAIC engineers and scientists solve complex technical problems in national security, homeland security, energy, the environment, space, telecommunications, health care, and logistics. SAIC: FROM SCIENCE TO SOLUTIONS™

Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements or industry results to be very different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended January 31, 2005, and such other filings that the Company makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.


Press/Public Relations Contacts:
Ron Zollars - San Diego, CA
858-826-7896
zollarsr@saic.com Jared Adams - McLean, VA
703-676-7790
adamsjare@saic.com

Source : Science Applications International Corporation

Published on ASDNews: Dec 7, 2005

 

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