"Using solutions provided by NDCHealth, pharmacists check for potentially harmful drug interactions; dentists automate their patients' files; doctors verify medical eligibility; and managed care providers automate prescription filling."
– Annual Report

Tandem, Unisys
Credit card processing Large shop


NDCHealth Corporation processes credit cards and health care claims for retailers and insurance companies. The company pioneered online credit card authorization and electronic tax filing and introduced the first drug allergy and drug interaction databases.

Founded in 1967, NDCHealth is a publicly-held corporation with revenues of $429.6 million. Its 1,800 employees are based in Atlanta, Georgia.



NDCHealth has several data centers, each processing up to 300 transactions per second and operating as backup sites for the others. Processing is performed on Tandem fault-tolerant platforms and UNISYS mainframes. Additional hardware includes Sun workstations and thousands of PCs. Application software includes the use of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), workflow processing, and document imaging, as well as an extensive network connecting the data centers to the company's thousands of retail, government, and health care clients for online processing.

Job titles for NDCHealth's 300 computer professionals include Systems Analyst I, II, III; Senior Systems Analyst, and Project Manager. Computer professionals work in operations, technical support, systems programming, engineering, and telecommunications.


Computer professionals work in cubicles, offices, and open areas in a nonsmoking environment. Standard office hours are 8 AM to 5 PM. An average work week is 50 hours. Overtime is paid for the first two levels of professional positions. NDCHealth offers its computer professionals the opportunity to work in one of the largest data centers in Atlanta with leading-edge telecommunication systems.

NDCHealth observes eight holidays. Employees earn two weeks of vacation to start and three weeks after five years. The company pays for disability and life insurance, as well as tuition reimbursement, a retirement plan, and a 401(k) program. The company pays the majority of the costs for medical, dental, and vision insurance. Employees who were laid off in 1992 were provided with one week of severance pay for each year of service.


Specific technical skills needed depend on the position being filled, but in general, NDCHealth looks for those with experience on Tandem platforms in a high-transaction processing environment. A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science is preferred. Current staff members have a range of experience from 1 to 30 years and a range of educational backgrounds from high school diploma through Master's degree. The company rarely hires entry-level computer professionals but does find a few through Georgia Tech.

The 70 computer professionals hired a year are found through advertisements, networking, employee referrals, and employment agencies.


Letters are preferred.

Director of Staffing

Human Resources

NDCHealth Corporation

NDC Plaza

Atlanta, Georgia 30329

(404) 728-2000


Copyright 1998. Carol L. Covin. Covin’s Southeast Computer Job Guide