The opposition calls on the Legault government to be transparent in the deployment of its colossal health network computerization project, the cost of which could reach $ 3 billion.
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Questioned about the revelations of our Investigation Office on this subject, Monday, the solidarity deputy and member of the Public Finance Committee, Vincent Marissal, demands that a specific plan be presented on how Quebec intends to proceed in this file.
“It is up to the Ministry of Health to submit a plan, quantified, with deadlines, because it allows to have marks over time,” he explained in an interview.
Quebec will begin the deployment of the Digital Health Record (DSN), the largest IT project in the history of the Ministry of Health, reported our Bureau of Investigation on Monday. This project is part of the CAQ government’s digital transformation plan and should make it possible to bring together the health data of Quebecers in the same place. Up to $ 3 billion could be invested in it.
But the government has a history of failures in the deployment of its IT projects, particularly in the health network. In the last 20 years, around $ 2 billion has been swallowed up in initiatives with mixed results. Among them, the Quebec Health Record, a $ 1.8 billion project that began in 2006 and whose data are considered incomplete today.
Indeed, “paper” files are still used in some health centers, hence the still widespread use of faxes.
“There is no certainty that the past will not be a guarantee of the future,” said the member for René-Lévesque and the Parti Quebecois spokesperson for digital strategy, Martin Ouellet.
The latter also pleaded so that part of the contracts awarded for the deployment of this computerization project be reserved for Quebec companies.
“Unfortunately, in the past, we tied the strings with large corporations, we bought licenses that we did not need. So I hope there is space for Quebec companies, even if it means having a competition to put forward best practices. ”
The Liberal Party of Quebec is said to share “the government’s objective of improving the computerization of the State” while tempering expectations by arguing that “it is also something that takes time”.
“The government seems to be announcing a return to the drawing board. It is certain that we will have questions on this choice, but also on other aspects of the project, in particular the costs, the deadlines, the mode which will be chosen for the granting of the contracts ”, indicated the former person in charge of the deployment. IT in the health network, the deputy for La Pinière, Gaétan Barrette.