Today, bringing innovation into hospitals is not an easy task. The main problem lies in an integration model that is struggling to meet the challenges of rapid use and deployment, both in hospitals and digital health apps.
In terms of e-health solutions, there are numerous compliance and security requirements to be met in order to operate in such a sensitive market “Start-ups are not necessarily proficient in interoperability standards or identity monitoring requirements. ”, said Christine Pichon, CIO Rennes Hospital*.*
For institutions, interconnecting hospital information systems and digital health apps involves the internal management of the configuration, testing, security and monitoring phases, and therefore assuming the resulting costs. And the increase of innovative solutions does not help. “We need to be able to pool access management for our users and to be able to expose APIs from our business software to solution providers to increase efficiency while ensuring a sufficient level of security”, Christine Pichon pointed out.
It is this dual challenge that Lifen is responding to through its Interoperability as a Service platform, which proposes complementing the existing interoperability infrastructure within hospital information systems (i.e. EAI), in order to offer an integration environment for innovative e-health solutions, compatible with the SaaS approach that is increasingly imposed on the market.
Since 2015, Lifen has been developing digital solutions that allow every healthcare professional instant access to the most relevant health data and innovations to provide the best care. Lifen, the leading MSSanté issuer, equips more than 40% of hospitals and clinics, and has already developed more than 500 connectors to facilitate data exchange (PAS, EHR).
This detailed knowledge of hospital information systems enables it to handle any new integration project intelligently, and to build connections in record time.
“When working with a new service provider, we usually need to plan for at least 1 month of preparation in order to set up a dynamic framework and start the first tests. With Lifen, this dynamic framework is clearly in place and the contact points are well identified. We share the same environments at the Regional Hospital Group level, which makes it possible to deploy tests much faster - we need 2 days of work on the first connector then 3 hours for the second, etc.”, said Philippe Ouvrard, Director of Digital Services at the Territorial Hospital Group in Vendée.