GizmoxTS to Modernize the Computerized Personal Medical Record (CPR) at the IDF

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:56
According to Pesah Galon, the company’s CEO, “the importance of the project is in retaining knowledge and business rules accumulated over many years, while adapting the system to advanced technologies and to continued improvement in a standard development environment.”.

 Ministry of Defence


The project is valued at over 3 million USD
GizmoxTS is to modernize the Computerized Personal Medical Record (CPR) at the medical corps of the IDF (Israel Defense Army), in a project valued at more than 3 million USD.

The Israeli ministry of defense has selected GalilCS, a GizmoxTS sister company from Kibbutz Shamir to perform the project.

The project commenced a month ago, with a first phase that will last 18 months, during which the system will be modernized and a new architecture will be built for the system, going from a client/server configuration to Microsoft based web technology, with no functional changes.  After going live with the new version, during 2018, the project will continue for two more years, during which new features will be added and the system will be maintained by GizmoxTS and GalilCS.

The IDF medical corps developed the computerized system more than a decade ago, in 2003, centralizing and making managing soldier medical information management more efficient.  The system replaced the personal cardboard file with a computerized record, available to the different entities caring for the soldiers – unit doctor, clinic medical staff, specialists, nurses and others.

Creating a complete medical picture

The CPR was developed with the goal of making it possible for the different medical entities caring for the soldier to all work on a shared platform, with the medical information accumulated in any medical encounter being available to all other care givers creating a complete medical picture.  The system has thousands of users in the IDF and outside of it – doctors, nurses, military paramedics, and it interfaces with civilian systems.  But as years passed problems grew in the system, and its technology and architecture has become outdated. 

GizmoxTS has the technology (based on several software patents), allowing organizations to replace older client server enterprise scale applications to web, cloud and mobile environments.  The technology, developed and owned by GizmoxTS, enables a fast migration to new platforms, based on smart algorithms which fully ‘understand’ all the original system’s components, and maps and automatically replaces them with components and software patterns compatible with the new environment.

The technology ensures the highest code quality and a system architecture based on the target platform’s best practices for web, cloud and mobile applications – while upgrading security mechanisms for protection against cyber-attacks and also significantly improving command and control capabilities.

Pesah Galon, the CEO of both GizmoxTS and GalilCS said in an interview that “the importance of the project is in retaining knowledge and business rules accumulated over many years, while adapting the system to advanced technologies and to continued development in a standard development environment, according to industry accepted best practices.  The GizmoxTS methodology preserves the accumulated knowledge and rules, while bringing the system up to speed in the advanced networked world.”

Galon added that “the project’s success will provide the opportunity to perform many additional projects for the IDF and the Ministry of Defense, and will leverage both company’s growth, as well as adding to the high-tech related employment options of the diverse communities in northern Israel, where the GalilCS delivery center is located.”

Not possible to add features and improvements

Last November Israel’s State Comptroller Joseph Shapira said in a report that there were complaints about the use of the CPR system, specifically that it was slow, wrought with faulty functionality and that it is not possible to add features and improvements.  The State Comptroller added that the Medical Corps command should advance the computer systems relevant to medical examination in the IDF’s recruitment centers.

A decision was taken in 2014 to create a new Computerized Medical Record system, at a cost of over 10 million USD.  This was supposed to be performed by the Enterprise Services division of HP Israel who were going to implement the ISH-MED system, written by Siemens, which was developed in conjunction with SAP.  Ultimately, the project was canceled and a decision was taken to modernize the existing system.

This article is a translation from the Israeli online magazine PC World