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The Groupement des Hopitaux de l'Institut Catholique de Lille in France The French healthcare system is widely recognized as one of the best in the world. Therefore, when InterSystems entered the French market through its acquisition of Siemens Health Services (SHS) in 2011, it inherited a group of sophisticated clients with ambitious requirements.

The Groupement des Hôpitaux de l’Institut Catholique de Lille (GCS-GHICL) was one of the first French hospital groups to decide to deploy InterSystems TrakCare®. The decision was based on having had a positive experience with the InterSystems database technology embedded in many of the existing systems at GHICL, including SHS’s Clinicom administration and billing system.

GHICL, a private, nonprofit teaching hospital group with 900 beds, offers comprehensive healthcare services in state-of-the-art facilities. Because it provides health services that extend into patients’ homes within an inclusive service cost, it needs robust and innovation IT systems.

Key Benefits

• Shared electronic health record
• Comprehensive clinical functionality
• Interoperability with other systems

InterSystems ARIES rapid implementation methodology provided a reliable and disciplined approach that enabled GHICL to deploy TrakCare in just seven months. By deploying the French Country Edition of TrakCare, GHICL minimized risks and expedited the implementation process. User adoption has been strong, aided by TrakCare’s intuitive interface and workflows that reflect the prevailing healthcare practices in France.

The management team at GHICL appreciates that TrakCare’s comprehensive clinical functionality and inherent interoperability with other systems enables creation of a shared electronic health record that can meet new government requirements and ensure high patient service levels well into the future.

“InterSystems ARIES rapid implementation methodology has proven to be a valuable factor in the success of a program as complex as this one. Only seven months into the program, the patient record is already being used throughout our hospitals, and our facilities can process electronic prescriptions.”

Philippe Wlodyka, CIO at GHICL

The IT department at GHICL will now spend much less time on issues of performance, integration, and software development. Instead, IT personnel can provide dramatically increased value by advising the organization on how to unlock the full potential of TrakCare. This, in turn, will enable GHICL’s hospitals to attain their full potential. High on the list of goals is to fully leverage TrakCare’s embedded analytics.

According to GHICL CIO Philippe Wlodyka, “InterSystems ARIES rapid implementation methodology has proven to be a valuable factor in the success of a program as complex as this one. Only seven months into the program, the patient record is already being used throughout our hospitals, and our facilities can process electronic prescriptions.”

Over the coming months, GHICL will roll out its new information system across its entire organization, which will give it the distinction of being the first TrakCare-based “digital hospital” in France.


TrakCare not offered in the United States.