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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Obamination" - Canadian provincial health officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website

From Will at THE OTHER NEWS:

"Obamination" - Canadian provincial health officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website.(WE).
Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plaguedObamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned.
CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry. 

The online registry was supposed to be up and running by June 2011.

Officials at the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for Obamacare website work, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. 

The CMS officials refused to say if federal officials knew of its parent company’s IT failure in Canada when awarding the six contracts. 

CGI Federal built Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov, which went live Oct. 1 but has since experienced multiple technical problems, including crashes, refusal to load and sign-on, or to provide accurate information.

Obamacare requires all Americans to register for health care coverage no later than six months from Oct. 1. Officials in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services, which manages Obamacare, declined to say how many people succeeded in registering through Healthcare.gov.

CGI Federal also is the prime contractor for state health exchange websites in Colorado, Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts. Three of those states also reported significant website glitches.

In Canada, eHealth, the Ontario provincial agency, scrapped its high-profile online medical registry for diabetes sufferers and treatment providers, and cancelled CGI Group’s $46.2 million contract, on Sept. 5, 2012. The company was 14 months behind schedule when it was given notice of termination by the Ontario government agency. 

In the meantime, a group of other Ontario IT companies successfully replicated the registry, rendering CGI’s project obsolete.

Because the contract terms stipulated payment only upon delivery of a satisfactory final product, the province has refused to pay CGI. 

CGI has not publicly discussed the eHealth failure, but has taken legal action, including filing a defamation suit against eHealth and the Toronto Star newspaper.

CGI has received bipartisan condemnation from Ontario government officials for its failure on the registry.

They did not meet the requirements of their contract which was faced with many layers of delays, which caused great angst among the health care providers who are trying to do their best,” Frances Gélinas, a member of Ontario's provincial parliament, told the Washington Examiner.

They basically said, ‘This is not working.’ CGI is not delivering what we need,” Gélinas said. Gélinas also serves as a health policy spokeswoman for the NDP, an opposition Canadian political party.Read the full story here.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow the money . . .would anyone be surprised to discover CGI (apparition?) isn't what it presented itself to be? Wonder how much of the taxpayers dollars have been redirected into Muslim Brotherhood coffers through this fiasco?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 6:35:00 pm  

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