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CGI has $50 million contract for GTA West DI-r

TORONTO – CGI Group, Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business process services, announced it has a seven-year, $50 million contract with University Health Network (UHN) to design, build and manage the newly announced diagnostic imaging repository (DI-r) solution for the western Toronto region.

CGI’s solution for the GTA West DI-r will provide a secure, shared repository for storage, retrieval and viewing of diagnostic images such as X-rays and MRIs, and associated documents across multiple hospital sites in greater Toronto and central Ontario (GTA West).

“We are very pleased to partner with UHN to implement our shared Diagnostic Imaging solution,” said Hitesh Seth (pictured), Sector Vice-President, Public and Healthcare at CGI. “As the leading healthcare solution provider in Canada, we’ll support UHN and the GTA West consortium in improving the quality of healthcare decision-making and enhance access to consultation services for residents of the region served by the GTA West Hospital sites.”

In this project, UHN leads a consortium of five local health information networks (LHINs) and 21 hospitals representing approximately 39 sites in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Central Ontario. Diagnostic imaging exam volumes are expected to exceed an annual volume of three million exams in five years. The $50 million agreement was signed last spring, making this the largest project of its kind in Ontario.

“CGI competed in an RFP process and was successful in winning the contract because of their depth of healthcare knowledge and strong track record in large-scale IT implementations,” said Lydia Lee, Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, UHN. “CGI’s Diagnostic Imaging Repository solution will help us meet our business goals and objectives of reducing costs, improving efficiencies, while maintaining outstanding standards in patient care.”

The enhanced DI-r solution will allow access by 10,000 clinicians to images amongst the GTA West sites. The project is funded jointly by eHealth Ontario and Canada Health Infoway.

“The GTA West project is the final step to share all Diagnostic Imaging information amongst 148 hospitals in Ontario and reduce wait times and lengths of stay by allowing quicker exam reports and clinical decisions by physicians and specialists,” said Greg A. Reed, President and CEO, eHealth Ontario.

“This is a major step forward for Canada's largest health region,” said Richard Alvarez, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway. “GTA West will help hospitals gain efficiencies in their Diagnostic Imaging services, and will allow doctors to diagnose more quickly, so patients can get the care they need sooner.”

CGI provides a full suite of health IT solutions that reduce operating costs, advance the quality of care, and promote health with an emphasis on Electronic Health Record (EHR) initiatives, health information exchange (HIE), quality initiatives and operational efficiency improvements. As a trusted health IT services partner, governments, provincial ministries, hospitals, health systems, HIE organizations and health insurers rely on CGI’s healthcare solutions and services to achieve success. Website:

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 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific.

About University Health Network
University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, and genomic medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About eHealth Ontario
eHealth Ontario plays the leading role in harnessing technology and innovation to improve patient care, safety and access in support of the government's health strategy. The agency is responsible for implementing the government's ehealth agenda and creating electronic health records for Ontarians.

About Canada Health Infoway
Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the development and adoption of information and communications technology projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all Canadians.

Posted June 16, 2011