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n°20  |  November   2007
Business cases

• EDF (France)
• Tokheim (France)

• Nancy's Hospital (France)
• SOTRA (Ivory Coast)

The patient is at the center of Nancy’s Hospital Information System
Bull chosen to supply Enterprise Application Integration solution, to optimize the integration between information flows

CHU Nancy

The Nancy hospital center (CHU) is organized around three main sites, employs more than 10,000 staff working in hundreds of different business activities, and is linked to a network of specialized partners.

The CHU is thoroughly committed to using the latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in two strategic areas: providing a structure for patient care and follow-up; and opening up the whole organization through the deployment of networks.

The smooth flow of information between the numerous applications making up the Hospital Information System (HIS) is therefore essential, regardless of whether they are mainstream applications or more specific business applications. The main issue is to provide a homogeneous and complete view of the patient, by integrating all the information flows relating to him or her (from special care units, radiography services, to laboratory analysis results, etc.). As a result, the Nancy CHU has launched an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) project to increase the interoperability between its applications and align them more rapidly to the hospital strategies. This project is a key element in the computerized patient management program defined in the CHU’s master plan for 2007/2011.

Bull has led the integration project for the chosen EAI solution (Illicom’s TradeXpress) and is:
  • Specifying and integrating the following information flows: billing (B2-Noémie), IT traceability of labile blood products (in dialogue with the French Blood Establishment), communication of analysis results (HL7 format), transmission of patient data between the central patient management application and the laboratory management systems, care and imaging units (FTP flow)
  • Transferring skills to the IT Department’s operating teams
  • Documenting the way flows operate
  • Specifying and implementing a Web portal for file exchange
  • Specifying and implementing generic flows (FTP and SMTP transport).

For the Nancy hospital center, the expertise of Bull’s teams in EAI, and their ability to satisfy the most rigorous demands in terms of deadlines and knowledge of the whole spectrum of business activities has helped the CHU speed up the process of centralizing tools, achieving system homogeneity, and opening up applications – an essential move.

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