BC chooses Sun Micro for health IT
VICTORIA – The government of British Columbia has
selected Sun Microsystems, subject to conclusion of a process of due
diligence and contract negotiation, to work with the Province to develop
a foundation for electronic health records that will help patients
access safer, higher-quality care, provide better support for doctors,
support care providers and achieve health systems integration.
As part of a Joint Solutions Request for Proposals, the solicitation
called for qualified vendors to propose solutions to develop, create and
implement the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) and the
interoperable Electronic Health Record (iEHR) projects.
PLIS will provide authorized clinicians anywhere in B.C. with electronic
access to laboratory tests and results from public and private
laboratory service providers.
The iEHR provides the integrating element of the overall eHealth
solution, giving care providers integrated access to clinical data from
the pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic imaging systems, as well as
health authority and primary care data.
The PLIS and iEHR projects are the foundation that will develop the
electronic health record and are key components of the Province’s
All patient information will be protected by privacy measures that are
among the strongest in Canada, the government said. The solution will
comply with the Province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act. In addition, access to patient information will be
absolutely restricted to only those having a clear right and need to
access personal health information or to access the systems where the
One of the key investors in B.C.’s eHealth program is Canada Health
Infoway, a federal, non-profit organization with the mandate to
accelerate the development of electronic health information systems
across Canada. The cost of building PLIS will be shared between the
province and Canada Health Infoway, roughly 25 percent and 75 percent
The B.C. government will now work with Sun Microsystems in contract
negotiations and conduct due-diligence. The contract signing is expected
in late 2006. Detailed design and implementation of the PLIS is
projected for late 2006/07 with rollout beginning in 2007/08.