Colossus? That sounds ominous.
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and there was also the 3D House of Beef
The other aspect that seems to have been overlooked in this discussion is the licensing.
The government of Ontario may not have been prepared to accept open source licensing. In the case of the Wait Time and EMPI projects (which were precursor building block projects to the eHealth project), the RFPs issued to vendors specified that the Ontario government would own the IP of any system developed. I doubt that is compatible with the FOSS licensing for OSCAR.
That is why consultants wound up being hired -- as opposed to using a package from a vendor, or from an open source project -- because that way a custom system would be built from scratch whose IP could be claimed. No third party vendor of software was prepared to develop a system and give the IP away.
If God had not given us sticky tape, it would have been necessary to invent it.