GPI is the preferred partner in Italy for technology and services dedicated to Health and Social Care and the Public Administration. Founded over 30 years ago in Trento, over time, GPI has constantly grown in both size and expertise. It currently has more than 7,200 employees and operates with several branches throughout Italy and abroad.
Thanks to the specialised expertise passed on from companies who became part of the GPI ecosystem and the significant investments in product and process innovation applied to the e-health, e-welfare and e-government sectors, the Group has successfully translated the drivers emerging from the world of Health Care and Public Administration into cutting-edge technological solutions and new service models that can capture the transformation requirements and innovative drivers of its many customers in the public and private sectors.
The products combine specialist expertise in IT and consultancy and design skills, which allow it to operate in different business areas: Software, Care, Automation, ICT and Pay.
GPI has been listed on the Borsa Italiana on the MTA market (today Euronext Milan, EXM) since December 2018. The 2021 results confirm the profitability and stability of the Group, which in a just few years has all but tripled its revenues, from €179.9 million in 2017 to almost €326.9 million in 2021.
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Assist health and social care organisations to continuously improve internal processes so that they can provide prompt and efficient care using software, services and made-to-measure technology
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GPI (Gruppo per l’Informatica – Informatics Group) was founded in 1988 in Trentino, Italy by a young entrepreneur, Fausto Manzana, who foresaw the emerging role of information technologies in the development of a recently instituted National Health System (Italian Law 833/78) in continuous transformation (Italian Laws 502/92 and 517/93).
A historical time where Local Sanitary Units (USL)—a cornerstone of the reform model—needed to gradually entrust the market with the management and evolution of the information system that supported the provision of healthcare.
In this context, GPI was a competent, dynamic, flexible and innovative player in a territory like Trentino where the regional healthcare system reform required concrete and immediate information solutions to support the different organisational structure. A regional context that encouraged and promoted young entrepreneurship, especially for new technologies.
The experience and knowledge gained in the local region favoured the business’s rapid expansion into the surrounding regions (Veneto and Lombardy) and a continuous revolution of the product portfolio. In the late 1990s, GPI had crossed the borders of Trentino and was about to become a player of reference for the Italian market.
The start of 2000 was characterised by an extremely quick growth in the business. The millennium bug and adoption of the new European currency drove many Public Healthcare and Hospital Companies to equip themselves with new IT tools. GPI’s proposal was reliable, concrete, referenced and required investments in line with the Public Administration’s spending budget, and gradually, the Company gained more relevant market segments as a supplier of IT solutions.
Little by little, the entrepreneur’s strategic intuition became clearer. In following years, Fausto Manzana understood that ICT could regulate the provision of healthcare with greater efficiency, but that there were still significant obstacles to citizens/patients’ access to the services. He understood that GPI had to gain a new dimension, intercepting additional needs from the Public Administration.
Through the acquisition of Argentea, the trusted Trentino company for booking healthcare services in the Autonomous Province, GPI carried out a significant diversification of its business, becoming a player of reference in the provision of administrative services for Healthcare. The acquisition of Argentea also allowed it to extend its products by entering the electronic payments sector.
The strategic business diversification continued in the years after with the acquisition of SPID, a Trentino company specialised in the creation of automation systems for hospital pharmacies.
The Company’s third decade of business was characterised by some fundamental stages of growth:
2008: Launch of targeted acquisitions in the Group’s main business areas (over 25 acquisitions) to consolidate its market position;
2013: Entry of Fondo Orizzonte S.G.R. into the shareholding group to support the growth via acquisitions;
2016: Listing on the AIM market of the Borsa Italiana through the merger by incorporation of SPAC Capital for Progress 1;
2018: Journey of internationalisation through M&A transactions outside the domestic market.
From a supplier of information systems for local Healthcare to a multi-business industrial firm that operates all over Italy with significant overseas experience. But GPI’s story is much more… It is a story of stability, simplicity, customer focus, reliability, tradition, daily commitment and new goals to achieve. A story whose roots run deep in Trentino and returns to this wonderful area time and again.
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