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Healthcare Tech and the World: Advancing Autonomy in the UK Healthcare System

A Podcast from Perot Systems on the Role of Technology in Improving Healthcare

PLANO, Texas, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Edition 23

        Host:  Dr. Kevin Fickenscher, Executive Vice President, International
               Healthcare for Perot Systems healthcare group
        Guest: Sir Robert Naylor, Chief Executive for the University College
               London Hospitals
        What:  "Healthcare Tech and the World: Advancing Autonomy in the UK
               Healthcare System" - one of a series of podcasts presented by
               Dr. Kevin Fickenscher of Perot Systems
        When:  This podcast will be available for download on March 23, 2009

Perot Systems (NYSE: PER) continues its series of podcasts with a look on the ideological changes in the United Kingdom's National Health Service leadership over the past 10 years, and how those changes will affect the industry's future.

The following quotes from Sir Robert Naylor are highlights of the podcast:

On how patient mentality has changed:

"Patients have become much more demanding, and there's a whole series of excellent reasons for that. I think public expectations have increased. The public are able to exercise choice now in a way that wouldn't have been dreamt of ten years ago before the advent of the Internet," said Sir Naylor.

On the notion of earned autonomy:

"The real challenge for the Health Service is that the Health Service is essentially fully funded by public subscription through taxation, and the politicians find it extremely difficult to let go of the strings and empower organizations like mine. About six or seven years ago, the labor government in the UK realized if hospitals were to flourish in the future, then they had to be given more autonomy and came up with the notion of earned autonomy," said Sir Naylor.

Information about Sir Robert Naylor:

Sir Robert Naylor has been Chief Executive at UCLH since November 2000, having previously spent 15 years as Chief Executive at Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust. Sir Robert has led the development of the largest single building project in the NHS to create the new world class University College Hospital, which was handed over to the Trust in April 2005. Sir Robert has been a chairman of a number of national and regional committees and is a senior associate fellow at the University of Warwick, Institute of Governance and Public Management. Sir Robert was awarded a Knighthood "for services to healthcare" by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year Honours List 2008.

Information about Dr. Kevin Fickenscher:

One of the nation's visionary leaders in healthcare, Dr. Kevin Fickenscher is a global leader of International Healthcare for Perot Systems healthcare group. A physician executive and leader with extensive experience in strategic and operational development with complex healthcare organizations, Dr. Fickenscher has provided leadership for various organizations related to organizational transformation and development, physician management, health policy analysis and clinical quality, among other areas. Dr. Fickenscher's bio can be found at:

About Perot Systems

Perot Systems is a worldwide provider of information technology services and business solutions. Through its flexible and collaborative approach, Perot Systems integrates expertise from across the company to deliver custom solutions that enable clients to accelerate growth, streamline operations and create new levels of customer value. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Perot Systems reported 2008 revenue of $2.8 billion. The company has more than 23,000 associates located in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Additional information on Perot Systems is available at

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. For factors that could affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at, as updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed after such Form 10-K, for additional information regarding risk factors. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments, or otherwise.

    Perot Systems Corporation
    Jonathan Moss

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