Sudbury Regional Hospital installs new
Ont. – A new, $2-million IBM data centre is enabling clinicians at
Sudbury Regional Hospital and its 13 regional healthcare affiliates to
have secure access to patient information, lab results and medical
The new data centre improves security and control of information
critical to the hospitals, and provides clinicians with more reliable
access to information they need to make patient-care decisions. The new
centre also ensures Sudbury has the capacity to add on additional
hospitals’ patient information systems in the future.
Two years ago, Sudbury Regional Hospital assessed its existing data
centres and realized it could not meet the long-term needs of the
region. IBM project-managed the engineering, design and construction of
the fully contained 1,200 square-foot data centre as well as providing
consulting services, servers and a 20-terabyte storage system.
“IBM did an outstanding job for us. The project was managed on spec, on
time and on budget, all within a three-month window. Thanks to IBM’s
commitment to customer satisfaction, IBM brought forward a team from all
sectors including finance, engineering and project management to deliver
as planned,” said Sudbury Regional Hospital CIO Gaston Roy
The data centre features multiple uninterrupted power supplies, air
conditioning units, a fire suppression system and security monitoring,
including badge access with close-circuit T.V. It even has its own
sloped roof and eaves trough to guard against potential overhead leaks.
IBM worked with a business partner, FM Engineering Services, on the
The new data centre is an integral step by Sudbury Regional Hospital to
more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver health services to 600,000
residents. Hospitals in Kirkland Lake, Wawa, Timmins, Elliot Lake and
several other communities are linked to the data centre as part of an
initiative to drive efficiencies and create an integrated patient record
throughout Northeastern Ontario.
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