Government & policy
CGI wins contract for diabetes
TORONTO – eHealth Ontario and
Infrastructure Ontario announced that with the awarding of a contract to
CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc., a subsidiary of
CGI Group Inc., work can begin on a chronic disease management system (CDMS)
that will be used initially as a Diabetes Registry to manage diabetes
The number of Ontarians with diabetes has doubled over the last 10 years
– and has grown to more than one million people in 2010.
A CDMS to manage diabetes treatment and prevent the onset of related
conditions such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, will save
lives, improve the quality of life for Ontarians, and will contribute to
more sustainable health care by reducing a significant burden on the
healthcare system in Ontario. It will also form an essential part of
electronic health records.
A system for health care providers to manage diabetes care is one of the
key deliverables of the province’s Ontario Diabetes Strategy and a top
clinical priority for eHealth Ontario. The CDMS-Diabetes Registry will
be an interactive, real-time information tool to help providers develop
care plans and monitor clinical results to improve care.
The CDMS-Diabetes Registry will build on the foundation of eHealth
Ontario’s provincial identification and access systems infrastructure to
ensure the secure identification of patients, providers and relevant
diabetes healthcare services, based on common informatics standards and
Providers will be able to:
• Manage the care of patients with diabetes according to recommended
• Securely receive data from sources such as OHIP claims and lab test
• Access important tests and lab results to provide better care;
• Produce reminders, alerts and reports to improve patient care.
The selection of CGI is the result of a rigorous evaluation process that
began with a request for expressions of interest in February 2009. A
third-party fairness monitor oversaw the procurement process to ensure
fairness, equity, objectivity, transparency and adequate documentation
of the process.
The contract with CGI spans a six year period. Payments to CGI will
begin following substantial completion of the CDMS-Diabetes Registry.
CGI will be paid by the province over a five-year operations and
maintenance period. The total cost of the contract with CGI is $46.2
eHealth Ontario is working with Infrastructure Ontario to deliver the
project under the province’s Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP)
delivery model. AFP transfers risks to the private sector vendor,
including those related to providing the chronic disease management
system, its financing and maintenance for a fixed period. This ensures
the system is delivered on time, on budget and is well-maintained and
eHealth Ontario plays the leading role in harnessing technology and
innovation to improve patient care, safety and access in support of the
government’s health strategy.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some
of the province’s larger and more complex infrastructure renewal
projects – ensuring they are delivered on time and on budget.
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Posted August 12, 2010