EDS announced Monday that it has signed a $100.8 million, 73-month contract with the state of Ohio to design, develop and implement a new-generation Medicaid Information Technology System (MITS).

The EDS Ohio interChange system will provide IT services to Ohio's 43,000 Medicaid providers and 1.7 million recipients, the sixth-largest Medicaid program in the United States. The agreement includes a 36-month implementation phase.

The new Web-based system will provide Ohio with greater flexibility and will provide faster and more reliable claims processing for health care providers, according to a release from the company. For example, it will allow Ohio providers to submit claims electronically rather than on paper, then receive prompt confirmation the claim has been processed and approved. It also will provide the state with vital data about health care trends and the medical needs of Ohio's Medicaid population.