Rocheplane Medical Center automates interapplication exchanges using Talend ESB

The medical center located in the department of Isère uses Talend’s open source ESB to optimize and secure data exchanges between different applications, while fostering the scalability of its information system
Suresnes (France)

Talend, a global leader in open source solutions, announced that Rocheplane Medical Center, one of the largest rehabilitation and follow-up care centers in the Grenoble region, implemented Talend Enterprise ESB to industrialize its application data integration approach.  Not only did the Center improve the quality and security of its operational data, it also benefitted from increased productivity and greater scalability of its information system.

After grouping together all of its activities (previously spread out across three sites) into one new establishment in 2008, a merge which was completed within the context of the Center’s development strategy, Rocheplane Medical Center sought to optimize the management of information systems, particularly through the implementation of an enterprise bus using Talend Enterprise ESB and with the goal of rationalizing data exchanges between various applications.

“For the short term, we were looking for a solution to help us automate computer account management mechanisms, according to employee movements.  In terms of effectiveness and scalability, it seemed much more consistent to use an interapplication communication and transport layer, rather than develop interfaces between the 10 applications concerned,” explains Damien Montalan, IT Manager of the Rocheplane Medical Center. “For the long term, taking into consideration the strong growth of health information systems, the strategic significance of information exchanges within these information systems and the possibility of openness with external information systems, it seemed beneficial to now structure our information system around an exchange bus, with the goal being to guarantee and facilitate its scalability.”

Rocheplane chose the Talend solution which covered all of its needs and perfectly integrated with its IS (both technically and through its open source philosophy). Meanwhile, the tool’s wide range of connectors (including an HL7 connector), offered it attractive scalability options.

Today, half of the data exchange flows initially programmed are operational. This involved, on the one hand, recovering employee movements and storing them in a single repository and, on the other hand, having this repository communicate with the different HIS applications (management of employees as “resources”, for planning and HIS access right management, for example).

By implementing Talend Enterprise ESB, the goal of Rocheplane Medical Center was to automate and rationalize tasks related to IT access management in order to save time and improve the quality of services. “This project will allow us to better manage the data in our various user bases.  In fact, there were some differences, resulting from manual and decentralized access management. This represents not only an increase in quality, but also in security,” explains Damien Montalan. “In addition, the time saved due to task automation (from several minutes to several seconds to create an account) is substantial.”

At the same time, information security and the scalability of the information system have now increased. “Information centralization and action automation enable us to now implement a true information system access right management policy.  Previously this was very difficult, in fact impossible, to do,” recounts Damien Montalan. “Moreover, thanks to Talend Enterprise ESB, our IT architecture is now completely scalable.  The integration of new tools – as well as the communication of these tools with the rest of the HIS – is facilitated by the flexibility of the ESB bus, while not challenging our IT architecture.

About Rocheplane Medical Center

Managed by Audavie (formerly the Metallurgy and Mining Health Foundation, a government recognized public interest and non-profit organization), Rocheplane Medical Center is a non-profit private health care facility for rehabilitation and follow-up care. In this capacity, it welcomes patients upon their discharge from the hospital to continue treatment, implement physical therapy or rehabilitation and contribute to their social and professional reinsertion. With 286 full hospital beds and 40 outpatient rooms, Rocheplane Medical Center is one of the largest rehabilitation and follow-up care centers in the Grenoble region.  It has 300 employees, including 15 physicians, 45 physical therapists and 110 health care staff members.