Regional directories: an essential service for better coordination.

Since March 2018, workers in the health and medico-social sectors in Brittany have had access to a regional directory, both as a mutual repository and a simple tool for all professionals to add to and modify. The service requires a login password and references 82,000 healthcare workers and over 27,000 structures. It is interfaced – […]

Since March 2018, workers in the health and medico-social sectors in Brittany have had access to a regional directory, both as a mutual repository and a simple tool for all professionals to add to and modify.

The service requires a login password and references 82,000 healthcare workers and over 27,000 structures.

It is interfaced – and supplied regularly – with French national directories (Adeli, RPPS, Drees, Finess, Insee) and French email directories (Apicem, MSSanté). It pro­vides a geographical display of professionals and the structures they work in.

It is an essential package for many services, such as the Gwalenn coordination file, telemedicine, connected cancer reports, etc. and represents a first step towards an operational resource directorythat will share what healthcare services are available in the region.

As users of the Gwalenn coordination file, the professionals involved in the first pi­lot support systems in the region can easily add all the professionals and struc­tures treating the patient to this file.


Legal context : the French regional hospital groups

Regional Hospital Groups (RHGs) were created under the 2016 healthcare law and are a new way for public healthcare providers in the same area to cooperate. Neighbouring healthcare providers face the challenge of creating shared medical programmes through collaborative working to improve patient care and cut costs.

RHGs are faced with many issues, including:
• Needing to manage all patient care information flows better
• Integrating IT systems
• Pooling resources and budgets


Want to know more on how Interoperability helps organise single IT systems in French Regional Hospital Groups? Learn it all with our latest case study from RHG Sud Bretagne (GHSB).

RHG Sud Bretagne (GHSB) was created by joining four healthcare providers (Lorient, Quimperlé, Port-Louis-Riantec and Le Faouët) and now counts over 4,500 employees, 35 of whom work exclusively on the IT system. The GHSB has relied heavily on interoperability to make sure its IT systems run smoothly.