The Veterans Affairs Department said it would use Qwest Communications International to link its Washington headquarters to a web of nearly 1,300 hospitals, regional offices and other facilities in a deal valued at roughly $60 million.
Arlington, Va.-based Qwest will serve as the contractor for voice and data servicespart of the federal governments Networx Universal contract to upgrade all of its agencies and offices. Qwest is also working with the Social Security Administration and the National Labor Relations Board as well as other departments.
The VA has taken advantage of emerging technologies resulting in tremendous advances in medical treatment and the delivery of remote services, such as telemedicine, Diana Gowen, senior vice president and general manager of Qwest Government Services, said in a news release.
Qwest is under a 10-year contract with the VA, which could result in additional services that would boost the value of the deal.