Sunday, October 18, 2009

Infoway Doing the Ehealth Jig


OTTAWA — The eHealth scandal in Ontario that recently rocked the provincial government may have been a dress rehearsal for its larger counterpart at the federal level.

The troubled Canada Health Infoway Inc., which like its provincial cousin is trying to convert medical records into electronic form, gets a long-awaited report card next month from the auditor general of Canada.

And so far, the prognosis is poor for the secretive agency, which has already swallowed $1.6 billion of federal money and was promised $500 million more this year by Health Canada.

A couple of years ago I read the main tender for their Public Health project. It was a politically correct technical nightmare. "Like, let every province do their own thing, and we'll like, connect them together, and everybody will be Happy, Happy!"

I'm sure some big consultant said "We've got the people!". :)

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