Province of British Columbia selects Sun to build and implement provincial electronic health record system

    Powered by the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System, one of North America's
    largest eHealth networks will deliver better care at lower cost

    VICTORIA, April 16 /CNW/ - The government of British Columbia has
selected Sun Microsystems (B.C.) Inc., a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems of
Canada Inc., and a consortium of partners to develop and implement a
comprehensive electronic healthcare solution that will transform the way
laboratory results and other essential patient information is securely shared
amongst healthcare practitioners across the province. The systems will provide
faster access to patient information, reducing wait times for procedures and
saving healthcare costs by reducing the occurrence of re-tests.
    In collaboration with the B.C. provincial government, Sun will design and
build the Provincial Laboratory Information Solution (PLIS) and the
interoperable Electronic Health Record (iEHR) system. PLIS will provide
authorized clinicians across B.C. with electronic access to laboratory tests
and results from public and private laboratory service providers. The iEHR
will integrate the province's health data infrastructure, offering healthcare
workers access to primary care data and other clinical data from pharmacies,
laboratories and diagnostic imaging systems.
    The PLIS and iEHR project are important elements of British Columbia's
eHealth strategy, which is supported by Canada Health Infoway, an independent
not-for-profit organization that invests with public sector partners across
Canada to implement and reuse compatible health information systems. Sun
Microsystems (B.C.) Inc. along with principal development team, Quest
Diagnostics healthcare information technology subsidiary MedPlus, will design
and build the PLIS and iEHR solutions in accordance with Canada Health
Infoway's Electronic Health Record architecture and pan-Canadian standards.
CGI will be responsible for service desk and application management while
TELUS leads managed operations services. TELUS will also be responsible for
secured hosting of patient laboratory data.
    Sun was selected for the PLIS and iEHR project based in large part on
Sun's existing technology and proven experience in implementing large-scale
healthcare solutions, including the design, delivery, and operation of
networks in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Sun's focus in
healthcare enables clinical transformation by liberating trapped data in the
health system. As such, Sun's software, storage, systems and services help
deliver secure health information exchange, data management and compliance
that enable the reduction of costs and medical errors, while improving
efficiency and patient care. Along with First Consulting Group (FCG), MedPlus,
CGI and TELUS, Sun brings the global healthcare technology expertise to
British Columbia.
    "British Columbia's decision to ally with Sun for one of the largest
eHealth projects in North America is further proof that we are a global leader
in this area," said Andy Canham, President, Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc.
"From Korea and Brazil to the UK, US and Canada, forward-looking governments
are investing in technology systems that save lives and cut costs."

    Health data stored in the right place and easily accessible to authorized

    As a component of the PLIS project, Sun has been tapped to provide the
complete hardware and software infrastructure required to connect disparate
local health data systems while consolidating the information and offering a
single patient view for the province's healthcare workers.
    The province's system will include Sun's cost-effective, powerful and
easy to scale storage platform to support the 25 terabytes of patient data and
lab results the PLIS solution will hold. Powerful and energy efficient Sun
Fire(TM) x64 and Sun Fire UltraSPARC(TM) T1 CoolThreads(TM) servers will
deliver the flexibility to handle large workloads and the scalability to
easily expand as the province's requirements grow. The entire network will be
powered by the Solaris 10 Operating System, the most stable and secure
operating system available.
    British Columbia's new eHealth system will be built on a service-oriented
architecture (SOA) that will take advantage of Sun Java(TM) Composite
Application Platform Suite (Java CAPS) for streamlined application development
and management. This flexible, scalable architecture allows the province to
maximize ROI by quickly and easily re-using, expanding existing or integrating
new health applications and services throughout the province. This also
ensures that future applications will interoperate with other provincial and
federal initiatives that follow pan-Canadian standards, all the while
maintaining a low total cost of ownership.
    First Consulting Group and Sun will jointly design, build and implement
the iEHR. First Consulting Group's FirstGateways Suite will be used to
integrate information and securely present health records in the iEHR. MedPlus
will design, build and implement the PLIS lab information solution, including
a central repository of lab results, a system for reporting of test results,
and a web based laboratory domain viewer for the Province's eHealth
infrastructure. Sun will design, build, and implement the underlying identity
and access management solution for the iEHR and PLIS systems based on the Sun
Java Identity Management (IdM) Suite. This will ensure that all information is
managed, protected, stored and shared according to role-based access control
throughout the organization and across extranets. In preparation for their
role as provider of Service Desk and Application Management Services, CGI will
augment the design and build of the above components.
    CGI and TELUS are responsible for management and hosting of the eHealth
system, fronted by the CGI Service Desk. CGI is responsible for all
application management, as well as providing software support and coordinating
software upgrades. TELUS will host patient laboratory data in its secure,
redundant data hosting centres in Canada.

    About Sun Microsystems (B.C.) Inc.

    Sun Microsystems (B.C.) Inc. is a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems of
Canada Inc. Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. is headquartered in Markham,
Ontario. The company, which employs more than 640 persons, has offices in
Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. Sun products and
services are also available through Sun Authorized Independent Marketing
Organizations and Sun(SM) Partner Advantage Program partners across Canada.
For more information, visit

    About Quest Diagnostics

    Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is the nation's leading provider of
diagnostic testing, information and services, providing insights that enable
healthcare professionals to make decisions that improve health. The company
offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its national
network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive
consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest
Diagnostics is the leading provider of esoteric testing, including gene-based
medical testing, and provides advanced information technology solutions to
improve patient care. For more information, visit

    About MedPlus

    MedPlus, the healthcare information technology subsidiary of Quest
Diagnostics, is a leading developer and integrator of clinical connectivity
and healthcare data management solutions that foster better patient care and
improve business performance for healthcare institutions, physicians and
patients. The company's ChartMaxx(R) and Care360(TM) solutions efficiently and
securely collect, store, manage and integrate clinical information within an
organization, enterprise, practice or community. ChartMaxx, the award-winning
electronic health record solution, has been implemented in more than 120
hospitals and clinics with more than 125,000 clinical and administrative
users. Care360 is a patient-centric physician portal providing a network of
more than more than 700,000 users 300,000 physicians and their staff with
tools to improve patient care and overall office efficiency. For more
information, visit

    About FCG

    First Consulting Group (FCG) is a leading provider of outsourcing,
software, consulting, systems implementation and integration for healthcare,
pharmaceutical, and other life sciences organizations throughout North
America, Europe and Asia. Through combinations of onsite, off-site and
offshore resources, FCG provides low cost, high quality services and solutions
to improve its clients' performance. The firm's consulting and integration
services increase clients' operations effectiveness with information
technology, resulting in reduced costs, improved customer service, enhanced
quality of patient care, and more rapid introduction of new pharmaceutical
compounds. For more information about FCG, visit or call
    The FirstGateways(TM) Health Information Exchange system is built upon a
powerful and flexible enterprise architecture to support initiatives that
improve patient care and enable health caregivers to make better decisions by
providing them with web-enabled, real-time access to patient data. The product
is currently being deployed to serve a wide variety of enterprise, community,
and regional data sharing and integration initiatives.

    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. CGI's annualized
revenue run rate stands at $3.6 billion (US$3.1 billion) and at December 31st,
2006, CGI's order backlog was $12.6 billion (US$10.9 billion). CGI shares are
listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX
Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and
MidCap Indices. Website:

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, over the last six years TELUS has
contributed more than $76 million to charitable and non-profit organizations,
and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its
local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please

For further information:

For further information: Louella Sequeira, Sun Microsystems of Canada
Inc., (905) 415-7888,; Chris Wood, MAVERICK Public
Relations, (416) 640-5525 ext. 243,

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