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Software Platform Will Enable EHR Information Sharing

CHICAGO—April 6, 2009— InterSystems Corporation today announced that the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX) has selected the InterSystems HealthShare software platform for multiple information exchange projects focused on electronic health record (EHR) interoperability. The agreement is valued at nearly $3 million for software, support, and services delivered over the next two years.

The global leader in software for connected healthcare, InterSystems develops and markets innovative integration, database, and business intelligence products. HealthShare is used worldwide to enable the fastest creation of EHRs for regional and national health information exchange platforms.

BHIX is a not-for-profit regional health information organization (RHIO) devoted to facilitating patient-centric care and promoting improved healthcare quality, affordability, and outcomes for New Yorkers. BHIX stakeholders currently include seven hospitals, 17 long-term care and home care providers, five health plans, several federally qualified health centers, as well as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Rigorous Evaluation Underlies HealthShare Selection

In 2008, BHIX was awarded over $12.7 million under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL-NY) Phase V Grant Program for two projects that will help support more efficient and effective methods of sharing health information through advanced technology. The grants are in support of the state’s strategy to ensure that clinical information is in the hands of clinicians and their patients to help guide medical decisions and to support the delivery of more coordinated, patient-centered care.

“We are committed to the vision of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, (SHIN-NY) as articulated in the State’s HEAL-NY Phase V program,” said Irene Koch, BHIX Executive Director. “We assessed our current infrastructure, assessed our technology and business needs, and accordingly defined extensive, specific criteria for vendors to meet.” These included providing reference implementations, detailed cost information, an interoperable technology solution using service-oriented, standards-based architectural components, and a proposed timeline for:

  • Providing a platform that grants authorized clinicians and associated systems access to structured and relevant clinical data;
  • Aggregating clinical data as a foundation to support analytical services such as public health and quality reporting; and
  • Laying the foundation for BHIX to incorporate clinical decision support analytics and facilitate IT-enabled care management services directly into the clinical workflow.

Responding vendors were required to deliver solutions supporting specific use cases including:

  • Interoperable EHRs for Medicaid;
  • Connecting New Yorkers and Clinicians;
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Public Health; and
  • Clinical Decision Support in an HIE Environment.

The next step in the evaluation process included developing and implementing a proof-of-concept initiative specified by BHIX. “We were very impressed by InterSystems’ technical team, the HealthShare product, and the company’s willingness to embrace the concepts of the SHIN-NY,” said Koch.

Adherence to industry-accepted standards of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) consortium also contributed to the selection of InterSystems HealthShare, according to Koch. InterSystems HealthShare is in conformance with multiple IHE integration profiles, many of which have been recognized by the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).

HealthShare is being used for multiple information exchange projects including the regional Long Island Patient Information eXchange (LIPIX) and a countrywide EHR initiative now being implemented in Sweden.

Serving Millions of Patients

“BHIX is focused on getting the right health information to the right place at any time across the entire continuum of care,” said Pamela Brier, Chairman of BHIX and President of Maimonides Medical Center, an early champion of BHIX. “Our network includes providers who serve the diverse population of over 2.5 million Brooklyn residents, many of whom are elderly and struggle with chronic conditions. BHIX will play an active role in improving the quality and safety of care for our patients. We’re pleased to be working with InterSystems to reach these goals.”

“The combination of comprehensive functionality, rapid application development capabilities and adoption of IHE standards offered by HealthShare will enable InterSystems to provide the seamless information exchange needed to support the BHIX vision,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning. “As New York embraces a Service-Oriented Architecture to facilitate rapid evolution and seamless interoperability, we will partner with BHIX to help deliver the critical information needed to enable optimal care delivery to New York’s healthcare consumers.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is the worldwide leader in software for connected healthcare. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 22 countries, InterSystems provides innovative products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications. InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a rapid integration and development platform that enriches applications with new functionality, and makes them connectable. InterSystems HealthShare is a platform that enables the fastest creation of an Electronic Health Record for regional or national health information exchange. InterSystems DeepSee is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence in transactional applications, enabling better operational decisions.

InterSystems is the world’s #1 vendor of database and integration technologies for healthcare applications. InterSystems products are used by thousands of hospitals and labs, including all 19 hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit

About Brooklyn Health Information Exchange

The Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation devoted to facilitating patient-centered care within and across healthcare settings. BHIX seeks to improve healthcare quality, affordability and outcomes for Brooklyn’s 2.5 million residents, while safeguarding the confidentiality of patient information. BHIX involves a collaboration of leading acute, post-acute and long-term healthcare providers and several insurers in Brooklyn and Queens. Corporate members of BHIX include Maimonides Medical Center, Lutheran Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, and MediSys Health Network (a health system that includes Brookdale, Flushing and Jamaica Hospitals), as well as long-term care and home care providers such as Metropolitan Jewish Health System, Visiting Nurse Services of New York, Visiting Nurse Regional Health Care Services, and Sephardic Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Also among BHIX stakeholders are Housing Works, a multi-service organization dedicated to serving persons with HIV and their families, as well as the 1199SEIU National Benefit and Pension Funds, HealthPlus, ElderPlan and other health insurers. The BHIX governance structure includes representation from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President. Additionally, BHIX plans to partner with other physician and community projects to connect more providers and patients into its growing network. For additional information, see

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