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TrakHealth Adopts InterSystems Database Technology to Provide Integrated Electronic Health Records for Casualty Plus

Eton, UK—March 31, 2004—CACHÉ post-relational database technology from InterSystems has been selected by hospital information solutions provider, TrakHealth as an integral part of its MedTrak and LabTrak systems, which have been installed in the first private Casualty unit in the UK, run by Casualty Plus.

“TrakHealth is providing Casualty Plus with full clinical and administrative support, says Stuart Michie, project manager, TrakHealth, “including a complete electronic record of the patient’s journey, from initial registration, through treatment to final discharge. Critically, when clinicians order treatment or diagnostic tests for example, the patient’s invoice is automatically updated, helping Casualty Plus maintain an accurate and effective payment solution for its patients.”

Uniquely, the integrated electronic health record (EHR) is held in a single central database, incorporating a wide range of administrative and medical information, from laboratory and radiology analysis to pharmacy, stock control and billing data. “As a result, clinicians and other authorised healthcare staff – wherever they are located – will have full and immediate access to the complete patient history,” he confirms.

MedTrak offers an intuitive web-based front end which enables end users to access information from any client computer, no matter where it is located. This functionality, coupled with the scalability of InterSystems CACHÉ, the world’s leading database in healthcare, will enable Casualty Plus to easily expand its use of MedTrak to future sites as they come on stream.

MedTrak also ensures that only those users who need to access patient information are given the relevant security rights to do so. For example, while reception staff can see and amend demographic data, only clinical staff can view and add clinical information to a patient’s EHR.

The new Casualty unit, which opened on 1 October at Brentford, West London, offers treatment “in minutes, not hours”. It deals with minor illnesses and injuries, providing X-rays, blood test and vaccinations on-site and offers health screening and occupational health advice.

This follows recent research from Oftel that states that the number of 999 calls has risen steadily in the past ten years and has almost doubled since 1997.

“TrakHealth chose CACHÉ because of its proven high performance, which is critical in a busy clinical environment,” says Michie. “In addition, CACHÉ is highly cost effective and its rapid application development capability has proved especially valuable in enabling us to complete implementation in only two months.”

Graham Frost, managing director, InterSystems confirms, “We are delighted that CACHÉ is forming a key part of such a ground-breaking new installation. In particular, its robust, high performance database technology is ideally suited to providing the level of fast end-user access essential in a medical A&E facility.”

CACHÉ’s post-relational technology distinguishes it from relational databases that force data into rigid 2D tables. “It comprises a robust object database with high performance SQL and it stores the data in a multi-dimensional structure, ideal for managing complex data with much faster access,” confirms Frost.

“Looking ahead,” concludes Michie, “CACHE’s performance and proven scalability will help us fully support Casualty Plus’s ambitious expansion plans, as it looks to open other Casualty sites across the country over the next few months.”

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., InterSystems Corporation is a leading provider of high performance, low-maintenance database systems for Web applications, with over four million users worldwide. InterSystems’ flagship product, CACHÉ, is a post-relational database that uniquely offers three integrated data access options: a robust object database, high performance SQL, and rich multidimensional access. CACHÉ enables rapid Web application development, extraordinary transaction processing speed and real time queries against transactional data.

InterSystems is the leading database provider in healthcare, with CACHÉ in use at the majority of major hospitals and labs around the world, including America’s 10 best hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report.

A free, fully functional, no time-limit version of CACHÉ can be downloaded or requested on CD from the InterSystems web site

About TrakHealth

Trak Systems was founded in 1991 and is an innovative Australian software development company with a proven record of developing and deploying MedTrak, a ground-breaking hospital information system. MedTrak has revolutionized hospital information systems by making the “digital hospital” a reality — tightly integrating all clinical and administrative functions of a medical complex into one, seamless system.

Trademark Notes:  Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation.  Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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