Consequently, AP-HM implemented a process reengineering and roadmap initiative and selected BEA Systems and Capgemini to develop an interoperability platform based on BEA WebLogic Integration. "To serve over one million patients per year and leverage so many applications and operating modes, we could definitely not opt for a 'big bang' approach," explained Thierry Blanchard, Deputy Director, AP-HM.
As no packaged solution is comprehensive enough to meet its wide variety of needs, AP-HM opted for a Business Process Management approach based on a Service-Oriented Architecture and an interoperable infrastructure. This innovative vision is built on maps of a dozen of key business processes (prescription, appointment management, emergency handling, etc.) which formalize activities and identify needed IT services for further support and streamlining.
"The BEA/Capgemini solution was far ahead of competitive offers. Capgemini had a deep understanding of our needs and suggested a comprehensive and rigorous approach that met our expectations. BEA WebLogic Integration provided a solution complying with our interoperability and standard usage requirements. Moreover, we wanted to develop a cluster-based architecture to ensure quality service 24/7 and the BEA solution offers full support for high-availability systems" added Frederic Laurent, IT Architect and Integration Manager.
After the validation of the integration platform, the IT department has
been able to focus on process development tasks. An e-procurement project
was initially implemented as part of a collaborative initiative conducted
in 17 hospitals -- which has resulted a few months ago in the first
end-to-end workflow. Since, six additional projects have been developed for
procurement, pharmaceutics, lab management, sanitary transportation,
radiotherapy, etc. About fifteen disparate applications (mainframe, J2EE,
etc.) are interfaced
|SOURCE BEA Systems, Inc.|
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