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Calgary awards CGI contract for info exchange

CALGARY – 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 patient encounters.

“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.

About CGI
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.