CHIREC hospitals: five sites on one single network


Today, connectivity is a must. And this does not just apply to people, but also to businesses and their various sites. The Edith Cavell Inter-Regional Hospital Centre (Centre Hospitalier Interrégional Edith Cavell-CHIREC), which consists of five hospital sites and an administrative centre, relies on Orange for this. Joël de Wit, Logistics Director at CHIREC, explains why.


Five different sites, brought together by Orange.

For CHIREC, it’s not just perfect collaboration that’s indispensable. The communication and transmission of data between the different sites also needs to run flawlessly. Joël de Wit: “Think about the more than 20,000 medical files that we need to save using our local network every month. On top of this, there are countless medical and administrative documents that need to be consulted 800,000 times a month. And then there are also the X-rays. There are 75,000 images sent to different destinations, such as the server or the treating doctors. This accounts for 800 GB of data transfers every month. You should also know that there are approximately 1,200 users on the network and that all our email traffic runs on the same network.” To guide this incredibly large and important interaction from a distance, CHIREC called on Orange.

The result:  Clients like CHIREC can count on simple and cost-efficient network technology with which especially large bandwidths are accomplished, local networks integrated and very large amounts of data successfully transferred. And this is because Orange uses a secure and reliable fibre-optic network over 2,000 kilometres long, and offers Ethernet. 

Meanwhile, the connectivity between the different CHIREC sites has been accomplished. But how does Orange improve the communication between patients or visitors and your various sites? 

Joël de Wit: “We already were a client of KPN/Versatel. Only our mobile telephony was with a different operator. Our calls went via a SIMbox, which meant the number of the caller was not visible with incoming calls. Plus, the SIMbox would sometimes jam and it needed a lot of maintenance. When KPN/Versatel was taken over by Orange, we decided to transfer our mobile telephony to Orange, as well. This was a lot more reliable because the calls didn’t need to travel via a SIMbox anymore. On top of that, now the number of the person calling us is visible, and we can call them back immediately if necessary. Thanks to a well-considered new contract for our rates, we pay less for our services.  And there’s one more benefit: from the perspective of the administration, it’s much easier and more transparent having everything run by a single operator.”

This is how a strong connectivity adds to an accessible, transparent and high quality patient care.


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