GBM, Indra to develop IT for Bahrain hospital
Manama, July 17, 2011
Gulf Business Machines (GBM), a leading IT solutions provider and Indra, a leader in healthcare solutions, have signed an agreement towards developing IT infrastructure for the King Hamad University Hospital in Bahrain.
Bahrain Business Machines (BBM), GBM’s Bahrain division and Indra will collaborate to develop the infrastructure, which will form the basis for the new national healthcare system being established at the hospital.
This project will provide the hospital with a unified system for inpatients, outpatients and emergency-related information.
The project will also include a laboratory information system (LIS), including anatomical pathology, intensive care unit and anesthesia dietetics, medical imaging, radiology information system (RIS) and picture archiving computer system (PACS), electronic drug prescriptions, electronic health records, administrative, clinical support services and statistics.
As part of the project, GBM will be providing and implementing the latest IBM and Cisco infrastructure.
“This is a pioneering project and when it is complete, it will be a showpiece for healthcare informatics and an example of how the right IT infrastructure can make a significant difference to patient care and operating efficiencies,” said Jose Cubelos, health sector director for Indra.
Indra has implemented such systems around the world, which cater to around 5600 hospitals, about 100,000 professionals using the system and around 500,000 appointments every day.
“Due to the significance of this project, we needed to select our partners with care, ensuring they had the right competencies and this led to our decision to work with GBM.
With its track record with various government agencies in Bahrain, expertise in supporting mission critical projects and strong credentials in offering end-to-end infrastructure, GBM is the ideal partner,” Cubelos added.
GBM will be responsible for deploying a wide variety of hardware and software solutions to support the project.
IBM products to be deployed include IBM blade servers, IBM system storage Storwize 7000 storage systems and enterprise backup software from IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.
The network infrastructure will also contain switching and security solutions from Cisco, bandwidth management devices from Bluecoat, load balancers from F5 Networks and a network time server from Symmetricom.
“We are proud to have been selected by Indra to work on this prestigious project,” said Abdulla Ishaq, country general manager for GBM in Bahrain.
“At GBM, we are committed to working closely with our partners to provide cutting-edge solutions. With our knowledgeable engineers, who have proven to be a big draw to customers, we are confident that we will provide world class expertise and counsel before, during and after the implementation of a project.”
“It is evident that the Bahraini government and its entities are serious about enhancing their IT efficiencies, while adopting the latest in technology. This is reflected in our decision to deploy a range of best-in-class solutions that will boost efficiencies, maintain network resilience and ensure full scalability,” Ishaq concluded. – TradeArabia News Service
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