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Ontario creates healthcare data centres using HP services

TORONTO Smart Systems for Health Agency has completed the first stage of a 10-year, $30-million outsourcing deal for data centres with Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. as the supplier.

Following the terms of the contract, HP Services has completed the initial configuration of two customized, highly available, secure data centre environments for the Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA). This agency is funded by the Ontario government and the contract was awarded through a competitive process.

HP is working with the agency to create an information and communications infrastructure that enables the secure electronic exchange of personal health information and shared applications among Ontario's healthcare providers, resulting in more efficient health care for Ontarians.

The Smart Systems for Health Infrastructure creates the foundation upon which to connect Ontario's healthcare providers to allow them access to health information when and where it is needed. Once complete, 150,000 health care providers in 24,000 sites across Ontario will be connected to this common infrastructure.

"The SSHA is committed to pioneering the use of information technology to improve health services in Ontario," said Michael Connolly, chief executive officer, SSHA. "We are delighted to be working with HP, a world leader in IT solutions, in enabling our health care providers to quickly access health information where authorized and necessary for patient care. Initiatives like this contribute to better service and ultimately better health care for Ontarians."

"HP is pleased to be partnering with Ontario's Smart Systems for Health Agency to provide the technology environment and infrastructure services it needs to support the delivery and management of quality health services," said Wally Hogan, managing director, HP Managed Services Canada. "For SSHA, an adaptive and scalable enterprise infrastructure can significantly enhance its ability to provide the IT performance, availability, security and privacy requirements for its wide-ranging constituency."