NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday confirmed he has accepted an offer to meet with the Chicago-based company awarded an $18 million contract for an integrated health information system.
Sands suggested millions had been lost in a failed deal arranged under the former Christie administration with the IT provider, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.
Outside Cabinet yesterday, Dr Sands said, “There is no legal action that has started. I would have received a letter form the CEO of Allscripts asking to meet and I have accepted that offer.”
Last week, Sands told the Tribune the integrated healthcare management system (iHMS) deal signed by the Christie administration in 2016 had failed to deliver and left the taxpayers facing a multi-million dollar loss.
According to the Tribune, the Public Hospital’s Authority paid Allscripts and its strategic partner Infor Lawson $6.5 million to-date with nothing to show for it.
In response, Opposition Health spokesman Dr Michael Darville asserted that the former administration would make no apologies for the award of a contract for an $18 million integrated health information system to Chicago-based Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.
“The Allscripts contract was awarded according to all due processes and there is no truth of the fact that the company got special privileges in the bidding process,” Darville said.