Cambridge, MA – February 5, 2001- Database technology from InterSystems Corporation is helping parents of sick infants monitor their babies’ progress through an innovative Web-based program running at Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Baby CareLink, utilizing the high-performance CACHÉ database, is a virtual nursery on clinical trial at Beth Israel Deaconess, part of the CareGroup Healthcare System. The application was showcased by InterSystems this week at the HIMSS 2001 Conference and Exposition in New Orleans.
InterSystems is the database leader in the healthcare sector. Its database technology is now in use by all of the top 10 hospitals rated America’s best, according to the latest survey by U.S. News and World Report.
Connecting Parent and Baby via the Web
With Baby CareLink, parents of sick infants can videoconference with the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) from home by using computers, video-conferencing equipment and a high-speed Internet connection provided with the system. Along with the equipment, parents and families are given instructions on how to use a secure Web site to monitor their babies, schedule visits and find medical information about their child’s condition. They can also check updated information records such as The Daily Report, Doctor’s Notes and a Baby Growth Chart, as well as research newborn-related subject areas.
“CACHÉ is the underlying database technology for the CareGroup Healthcare network,” said Dr. Charles Safran, co-developer of Baby CareLink and CEO of Clinician Support Technology (CST). “One of the reasons that Web applications at CareGroup work so well is because of this unified database. Baby CareLink provides parents with accurate clinical information quickly and easily because of CACHÉ.”
Dr. Safran co-developed Baby CareLink with Dr. James Gray, a physician at Beth Israel Deaconess. He founded CST to make the system readily available in the healthcare sector. CST is an application service provider (ASP) focused on the creative use of emerging technologies to deliver e-Health solutions to improve patient care.
“Baby CareLink clearly shows how healthcare organizations are leveraging the Web technology in CACHÉ to take patient care delivery to new levels,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning. “We welcome the opportunity to provide the technology needed to enable innovations like Baby CareLink.”
Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, InterSystems Corporation (www.InterSystems.com) is the leading provider of high-performance database systems for Web applications, with over four million users worldwide. InterSystems’ flagship product, CACHÉ, is a post-relational database with a multidimensional data and application server offering ultra-fast and massively scalable objects and SQL. CACHÉ features breakthrough rapid development technology for building objects and object applications.
CareGroup Healthcare System is the second largest integrated delivery system in the northeastern United States with revenues of $1.2 billion annually. It is comprised of six hospitals and serves over 800,000 patients. The CareGroup hospital members include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, Deaconess-Waltham Hospital, Deaconess-Glover Hospital and Deaconess-Nashoba Hospital.
About Clinician Support Technology
Clinician Support Technology (CST), based in Framingham, MA, is helping define e-Health practices through its CareLink application, which combines Web and multimedia technology to create new connections within the patient’s circle of care. CareLink technology is in use in the neonatal intensive care units at major medical institutions.
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