British Columbia’s health care system will save a total of $34 million over the next six years on computing services, thanks to a new contract between Microsoft and the BC Health Authority Shared Services Organization (SSO).
The six-year contract includes computer software and other related services that will support the province’s six health authorities. The new contract will run until 2016 and is a replacement of a previous contract, which was set to expire in 2012.
With the new contract, the SSO will be able to transfer any unused software licenses between health authorities, which will save on having to purchase new licenses.
“Microsoft is proud to partner with British Columbia, through the SSO, to create a platform to deliver innovative health-care solutions for B.C. residents,” said Eric Gales, president, Microsoft Canada. “Sustainability, accessibility and quality of care are cornerstones of good health-care delivery, and this partnership will enable and support the Province in all three areas, while delivering significant costs savings for today and the future.”