Cerner replaces IBM in $842M Canadian EHR contract

Cerner has won a new contract in Vancouver, Canada, in which the vendor will provide its EHR software system to three health systems in the western province, according to a Vancouver Sun report.

The contract is part of the Clinical & Systems Transformation Project, a collaboration between Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care, all in Vancouver. The original bid was awarded to IBM, who had already spent a few years working on the project, but the project was riddled with issues, according to the report.

Terry Lake, Canadian Health Minister, told the Vancouver Sun the systems had already paid IBM approximately $72 million for their work. Payments to Cerner for the remainder of the project will come out of the already allocated budget, according to the report.

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