The eHealth Ontairo Chair, Rita Burak, and Interim CEO, Rob Devitt, appeared today before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Ms. Burak’s opening remarks can be found at:
Of particular note, Ms. Burak apologized for untendered contracts, “The very serious issue of untendered consulting contracts at eHealth Ontario has unfortunately taken focus away from the important issue of patient care and progress toward an electronic health record. It has also undermined the public’s confidence in the agency. For this I believe the people of the province are owed an apology.”
I concur with Ms. Burak’s assessment that the issue of untendered consulting contracts have seriously detracted attention from moving the eHealth agenda forward. I encourage Ms. Burak, the eHealth Ontario board and eHealth Ontario executives to take proactive steps to keep the public informed as to progress against stated objectives and generally be as transparent as possible about how things are being done.