Three Slapped with Charges in e-health Project
With the launch of British Columbia's $259-Million move to promote the e-health project, three people connected to the province's drive to adopt electronic health records have been alleged in the corruption criminal cases. The aim of the health system remains to create electronic health records to enable patients' information from lab tests to prescriptions which can be shared between health-care providers all across the country.
A special prosecutor John Waddell has directed that charges should be laid within a month against Ron Danderfer, a Former Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, who had helped in awarding Millions in contracts for the Government's high-profile electronic health initiative, Consultant Dr. Jonathan Alan Burns and Jim Taylor, a Manager with the Fraser Health Authority who administered an annual budget of $9 Million. They have been accused of fraud, breach of trust and influencing peddling.
"My job is now to decide whether or not charges should be approved. Process is beginning and I hope to have it completed within the next month", Lawyer John Waddell said.
Kevin Falcon, B. C.'s Health Minister said, "It is a very large, complex project that is having challenges right across the country".
A 99-page search warrant application revealed the details of the RCMP investigations.