Infor CEO Charles Phillips announced agreements with private Cuban software companies deSoft and Softel while on a trade mission to Cuba this week, led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Phillips and Steve Fanning, Infor Healthcare director, traveled with about two dozen businesspeople on a mission to promote trade with Cuba after the recent decision by the United States to improve diplomatic and trade relations with the Caribbean island nation.
USA Today reports: 'Charles Phillips, chief executive of the Manhattan-based technology company Infor, said those meetings led to a new deal to sell the company's health-care software to a company in Cuba. The Cuban company also will help sell Infor's software to Latin American countries and help train students at a local university.
' "We reached agreement at dinner last night over rice and beans," Phillips said. "We were surprised and impressed with the level of technology and expertise they had in health-care technology." '
Infor is one of the largest providers of technology to the healthcare industry, automating 72% of US hospitals with more than 150 beds.
Phillips told the New York Times that Infor would now work with the Treasury Department to finalize the agreements.
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