“Atos Origin and the Grenoble University Hospital supply 65 hospitals with the innovative open source healthcare solution, Cristal-Net”

Paris, 26 May 2008

Atos Origin and the Grenoble University Hospital have announced that 36,000 beds are now covered by the Cristal-Net1 open source software solution. Already used by 65 hospitals in France and abroad (Québec and Casablanca University Hospitals), the innovative healthcare solution is built entirely on state-of-art technologies (Internet, Microsoft products) and covers all healthcare procedures. Cristal-Net is a powerful, efficient and progressive solution offering and will soon be in use in another 3,000 public and private health establishments.

To help hospitals keep pace with the changing healthcare system, Atos Origin and the Grenoble University Hospital have joined forces to offer a clinical information system based on the Cristal-Net solution. Cristal-Net was designed by hospital professionals and can handle the full range of healthcare procedures for hospitals of all sizes.

Cristal-Net is an integrated, flexible, and modular open source software solution that can be progressively deployed across hospital departments. It is a self-service software product (on the ASP or SaaS3 model) offering hospitals a mutualised solution with a pay-as-you go pricing system. Traceability, availability and 24/7 accessibility are all guaranteed on its shared platforms.

"Cristal-Net was first developed by the Grenoble University Hospital and is now arousing a good deal of interest within the hospital sector. Our partnership with Atos Origin, which provided its industrialised IT services expertise, has allowed us to focus on the hospital business while maintaining our ability to create and develop and our project management role with respect to Cristal-Net. And updates to the solution are made by the Colibris2 user community." explains Jean Debeaupuis, Director of the Grenoble University Hospital.

"Our strategy is clear: to act as a partner to healthcare establishments in their modernisation projects and guide them through changes in the healthcare system. We provide all players with technology solutions that fit the development of their performance in the administration and improvement of care. Atos Origin's contribution to the partnership includes its strength as an industrial operator as well as its ability to manage and secure large-scale projects involving the real-time processing of very large amounts of information." says Didier Zeitoun, CEO of Atos Origin, France.


1 – Cristal-Net was developed between 2001 and 2006 by the Grenoble CHU (CHUG) in partnership with Hospices Civils de Lyon (HCL) and about forty other hospitals.

2 – Formed in 2008, the user community "Colibris" includes the fifty historic partners and new customers that have gradually enlisted thanks to the open source distribution of Cristal-Net.

3 – A SaaS (Software as a Service) application is one that is owned, delivered and administered remotely by one or more service providers. The provider delivers the application based on a common set of code and certain definitions used by all customers logged on at a given time, all of which is managed by the provider and delivered over the network as a service (as opposed to a software program) and billed either on a pay-as-you-go basis or by subscription, depending on consumption indicators.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of Consulting, Systems Integration and Managed Operations. The Company's annual revenue is EUR 5.8 billion and it employs 50,000 professionals in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

Press contact: Anne de Beaumont - + 33 (0)1 55 91 24 15 - anne.debeaumont@atosorigin.com