Calgary awards CGI contract for info
– The Calgary Health Region has awarded a five year contract to CGI
Group Inc., valued at approximately $9 million.
This agreement assigns CGI as the primary IT services provider to
design, build, implement and operate Alberta’s Provincial Health
Information Exchange (pHIE), an initiative sponsored and co-ordinated by
Alberta Health and Wellness and led by the Calgary Health Region.
As a foundational component for the interconnection of systems and
sharing of information, envisioned over the next several years, this
“one person, one record” heath information project will create a safe
and secure point for data exchange.
The project will develop a single provincial integration tool to link
clinical systems. It will provide the central point to consolidate and
exchange data between the various systems (health regions, physician
offices, pharmacy systems, etc.) that make up the EHR in Alberta.
“Healthcare providers will be given complete, real-time picture of their
patient through access to clinical data that is securely transferred
between various systems,” said Bill Trafford
(pictured above), Vice-President Advanced
Technology, Calgary Health Region. “Patient care and safety will benefit
by having health information in the hands of all care providers the
“Privacy and security standards will be higher than anywhere else in the
world”, he said. “We are working closely with CGI to build and operate a
system that incorporates leading technologies to give us one of the
world’s most advanced health information exchanges.”
“The demonstrated expertise that CGI has in healthcare transformation
enables us to help the Calgary Health Region deliver landmark services
to citizens,” said Bill Clark, CGI Senior Vice-President in Western
Canada. “In turn, Calgary’s leading-edge models will be leveraged to the
benefit of other jurisdictions across Canada.”
CGI Healthcare provides expertise that accelerates transformation to
electronic health records, facilitates secure health information
exchange, automates administration for hospital providers, aligns IT
environments with business requirements and manages these environments
and the applications that sit within them. The company has served
healthcare clients throughout Canada and the United States, including
more than 200 hospitals, 30 healthcare systems and more than 140,000
users as well as managed care organizations, private insurance companies
and governments in North America including almost half of all government
health departments in Canada.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent
information technology and business process services firms in the world.
CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000
professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services
to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe,
Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America,
Europe and India.