Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Millions Lost In Computer Fiasco: Plp’S Failed Deal To Digitise Vital Patient Records

 HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands.

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
nhartnell@tribunemedia.net

A FURIOUS legal battle is brewing over an $18m Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) contract that a Cabinet minister admitted has “crashed” and delivered zero value for taxpayers and patients alike.

Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business that the much-touted integrated healthcare management system (iHMS) deal that the former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration signed in 2016 “to bring the public health system into the 21st century” had delivered none of the promised benefits and left taxpayers facing a multi-million dollar loss.

Describing the situation as “very, very sensitive”, he bluntly branded the contract agreed with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a US-based publicly-traded company, and its strategic partner, Infor Lawson, as “a bust” for the Bahamian people.

“We’ve had very big problems with that,” Dr Sands said in response to Tribune Business inquiries.  Read more >>