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Bull supports IT transformation at La Réunion University Hospital

Posted on 25 January 2013 by Pierre Picard

Having recently gained university teaching hospital status, the thriving public health establishment on the French island of La Réunion turned to Bull to equip itself with an IT infrastructure capable of helping it to meet its strategic objectives. Performance, scalability and security were all on the cards.

When your aim is to become the benchmark healthcare establishment for an entire geographic area – in this case, all the countries in the Indian Ocean – you need high-performance resources to ensure that you constantly keep pace with projects as they evolve. Every one of these numerous initiatives represents a real challenge for the future; whether it is to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, to strengthen care pathways both internally and externally, to implement innovative approaches to delivering care or to support the gradual transformation into an university-level teaching establishment.

La Réunion University Hospital, created as result of the merger between the Centre Hospitalier Félix Guyon and the Groupe Hospitalier Sud Réunion, is undertaking a massive program to renew its IT infrastructures, taking into account its new size and scale.

The robustness and performance of our IT infrastructures is essential, not only to the smooth running of an establishment like ours but also to its on-going evolution,” explains Dominique Talandier, Director of Information Systems and Organization at the Hospital. “We have to guarantee the continual availability of critical applications, provide much greater storage capacity and strengthen security around patient data. What’s more, we need infrastructures that are flexible enough to respond rapidly to the needs of the new research units as they become established.”

An infrastructure built around Bull Escala and NovaScale servers

La Réunion University Hospital has chosen Bull Escala servers to run its critical applications as well as NovaScale racks for the consolidation and virtualization of its IT infrastructure. The Hospital also turned to Bull to help it define a new storage strategy based around EMC VNX storage bays. The new infrastructure was implemented in tight timescales, to keep pace with the merger program: the aim was to have a complete, fully operational system for the launch of the new University Hospital in February 2012.

The new totally redundant infrastructure, with two server rooms for each establishment, has delivered on its commitments for the 3,000 or so users, and has set the foundations for a number of new projects. “Improving response times – which was a real challenge – has been largely achieved, and the benefits of virtualizing some 250 servers which are now housed in two racks has been clearly demonstrated. At the same time, we have tripled our storage capacity in just a year and are constantly being improved,” confirms Patrice Bourdon, Director of Information Systems at the Hospital’s Northern site.

Bull managed this infrastructure renewal project from start to finish, from defining the IT architecture to providing change management support and training users, capitalizing on its very strong local base of expertise. This powerful, redundant and scalable infrastructure is now ready to support the University Hospital in every aspect of its newly expanded role.

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Director of Information Systems at the Hospital‘s Northern site

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