Ontario creates healthcare data centres using HP services
– 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
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