A unit of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina will be helping the government reward health care providers for adopting electronic health record systems.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will use services from Companion Data Services L.L.C., an arm of South Carolina Blue, Columbia, S.C., to track EHR incentive payments.

The new National Level Repository data will sit in Companion computers in Columbia.

Companion also will provide consulting services to Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles, the contractor in charge of developing the NLR system.

Companion is getting a 1-year contract with four 1-year renewal options. If all options are exercised, the contract value would be about $24 million, the company estimates.