Support for websites and citizen portal helps empower 44 million beneficiaries
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FAIRFAX, VA, May 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB ; TSX: GIB.A), a competitive, five-year contract worth US$73.2 million to continue its modernization, application management, and maintenance efforts on three external websites that provide information to 44 million beneficiaries and millions more healthcare providers and other stakeholders.
The three websites - Medicare.gov, cms.hhs.gov, and MyMedicare.gov - garner more than 500 million page views each year and serve as CMS' online communication channels for beneficiaries and providers and represent a critical component of the agency's mission to provide quality care. Through this award-winning online presence, CMS empowers beneficiaries to make informed decisions about their health care coverage and conduct online transactions with CMS. The sites also support the customer support specialists who run the 1-800-Medicare help lines.
"CMS is at the forefront of the National Health Agenda. CGI is proud to be chosen again to support their efforts which directly impact so many citizens," said George Schindler, President of CGI Federal. "We will continue to bring both our healthcare knowledge and technical expertise to this proven partnership as we help CMS achieve its vision to deliver a transformed and modernized healthcare system."
CGI has been working with CMS to evolve the websites to better meet the agency's mission of education, outreach and service, as well as Open Government requirements for increased transparency, participation, and collaboration. For example, the 'Hospital Compare' and 'Nursing Home Compare' tools combine geographical data from Google maps with healthcare provider quality-of-care information to help users locate and assess healthcare facilities near them.
"CMS is always focused on continuous improvement and innovative ideas to improve services to its beneficiaries, which makes the work very rewarding," said Cheryl Campbell, Vice-President, CGI Federal. "If you watch Secretary Sebelius' YouTube video announcing the re-designed Medicare.gov site, you see that approach in action-from the way beneficiary feedback was used to make the site easier to navigate to the use of a YouTube video to announce the redesign."
About CGI Federal Inc.
CGI Federal Inc. (www.cgi.com/usfederal) is a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., dedicated to providing effective IT solutions for federal government agencies by combining over 30 years of government experience and technology skills. Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 26,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. As at March 31, 2010, CGI's order backlog was $11.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.A) and are included in both, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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