EY Advisory and Kereval have just won a major contract for project management assistance services in interoperability, urbanization and architecture of healthcare information systems (IS) with the French Digital Health Agency (ANS). These two partners, co-contractors for this contract, have already collaborated successfully on projects serving the ANS since 2017.

EY Consulting is one of the leading healthcare firms and has a particularly recognized and sharp expertise on the entire digital health value chain. Kereval has recognized expertise in the interoperability of health information systems at the international level and its application in France with the health information system interoperability framework (CI-SIS).

The value of this contract is estimated at €5.4 million, excluding taxes. It was signed on September 22 for a period of four years.

“The Kereval team is very proud to have won this important contract for the ANS in a consortium with EY, a trusted and quality partner! We are also proud to contribute to the acceleration of the deployment of e-health in France through the Ségur de la Santé! This is an additional recognition of our expertise in interoperability testing and a boost for our growth”, says Abdelmoula Tamoudi, CEO of Kereval.

Accelerating e-health

This contract will help advance the French government’s ambitious “Ma Santé 2022” plan to accelerate the digital shift in healthcare. It comes at a pivotal time when “all the planets in e-health are aligned”. The Covid crisis has accelerated awareness among the general public and all healthcare professionals of the contribution of digital technology in the health, medical and social sectors. It also convinced the public authorities to devote considerable financial resources to accelerating digital transformation, a process that was recently reinforced with the Ségur de la Santé. As a result, the ANS has seen its role greatly strengthened, and even crucial in the development of digital uses.

25 jobs to be filled

This national and international dynamic in favor of the deployment of e-health is driving Kereval’s development. As a result, the SME, which employs 65 people near Rennes, is planning an ambitious recruitment program for 25 people over the next two years for the Health Division. It is currently looking for e-health consulting engineers, interoperability experts and IT developers.

The health sector represents more than 50% of the company’s turnover. Its major clients are the international association IHE-Europe, which promotes the interoperability of health information systems in Europe, the ANS, ministries of health in Europe, the e-health GCSs in Brittany, Ile-de-France and Occitania, as well as complementary health insurance organizations.

Interoperability, a booster

The notion of interoperability, which is invisible to the general public, is nevertheless essential for developing value-added uses. Interoperability can be defined at different levels: legal, organizational, semantic, syntactic and technical. Its objective is to define a common language that is understood by all, based on structured data, standards and international nomenclatures. It also opens the way to European data exchanges by removing language barriers.

The strong growth of international exchanges will lead many sectors of activity to develop interoperable information systems, opening great perspectives of development and sectorial diversification for Kereval.