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Ontario Ministry of Health modernizes data transfer system

A new system for transferring personal health information files has not only enhanced data security, but it’s taken the Ontario Ministry of Health out of the 1960’s and into the 21st century, according to the Ministry’s security architect, David Wilkins.

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October 24, 2007 – Thank you for an interesting article on how Ontario is implementing a new file transfer solution.

Healthcare records are one of the most sensitive information that we regularly “trade” as a part of government services. Security, privacy protection, and growing file sizes are just some of the common drivers for adopting new file transfer architecture.

Along the same line, we are seeing government entities expanding into the newer technology platform such as SaaS (Software as a Service) to meet its mandates. The advantage of SaaS is that it provides instant access to a full set of capabilities that can often take a long time to implement only partially in-house whereas a dedicated SaaS provider can provider a significantly better level of features and infrastructural robustness that is difficult to achieve.

Along these development, LeapFILE has been working closely with government entities such as the City of LA (California, US) in deploying secure file transfer capabilities to its user base and partners.

We believe this is the direction that most entities will move toward because it allows for better services without significant growth in overhead.

YF Juan