San Diego, Calif.—February 13, 2006—InterSystems Corporation today announced that CareGroup Healthcare System has gone live at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) with an application that delivers automatic healthcare information updates every 15 minutes to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. The groundbreaking bio-surveillance system, which feeds the CDC with information key to early identification of disease trends, is built on the CACHÉ post-relational database. InterSystems spotlighted the bio-surveillance implementation at the HIMSS 2006 conference in San Diego, Calif.
The world’s leading database provider in healthcare, InterSystems develops and markets the CACHÉ post-relational database and the Ensemble universal integration platform. CareGroup is an integrated delivery network that offers a broad spectrum of health services to residents of eastern Massachusetts, in a variety of settings ranging from world-renowned academic health centers and outstanding community hospitals, to physician offices and community health centers.
One of the First
BIDMC is one of ten U.S. hospitals that were approached by the CDC to provide medical data on an ongoing 24 X 7 basis. The initiative is part of a mandate by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt, who chairs the American Health Information Community (AHIC), a group charged with advising the federal government on standards for electronic health records (EHRs). Bio-surveillance and public health monitoring are among the first focus areas for AHIC and Leavitt has stated that he wants a system for streaming emergency department (ED) data to public health authorities in place by the end of 2006.
“The state of Massachusetts has always been very proactive in responding to national healthcare initiatives,” said CareGroup CIO John Halamka. “The CDC started this data streaming initiative with BIDMC because it is a major monitoring center for Boston.”
Rapid Development, High Performance Key to Data Feed
BIDMC was approached by the CDC about the bio-surveillance project in late November last year, according to Halamka. “They said we had to be live by the end of 2005. The RAD capabilities and high performance delivered by CACHÉ enabled our development staff to build and test the application well within the specified timeframe,” he said.
The bio-surveillance system went live on December 21, 2005. The hospital’s CACHÉ-based Emergency ED Dashboard system feeds the bio-surveillance application, which in turn provides the ED data, as well as hospital-wide statistics, to the CDC every 15 minutes.
Implementation began with installing a secure CDC server in the BIDMC data center. “Information is encrypted based on the rigorous security requirements of the CDC and transmitted over the web. This information is not specific to any individual and no names or patient identification are provided in the data stream,” Halamka said.
“We transmit information such as the complaint and diagnosis, location in the geographic area where the patient came from, and number of patients reporting with a specific complaint,” he explained. “As more healthcare providers implement these streaming data feeds, information at a local and community level will be gathered countrywide. For the first time, we can analyze disease and trauma trends to spot patterns that can be the early warning of a potential pandemic or bio–terrorism attack.”
“CareGroup is in the vanguard of healthcare technology innovation for public health reporting,” observed Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning. “Implementation of bio-surveillance systems such as the one at BIDMC represents a major step forward in reporting health data in real time,” he continued. “InterSystems is very pleased to have the chance to work with CareGroup on these industry-leading healthcare initiatives.”
For over 25 years, InterSystems Corporation has been a technology innovation leader in database and integration software. The CACHÉ post-relational database and Ensemble universal integration platform enable software developers in every industry sector to rapidly create, deploy and integrate high-performance applications. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems has offices in 20 countries serving more than four million users around the world. For more information, visit www.InterSystems.com.
A free, fully functional, no-time-limit copy of CACHÉ can be downloaded or requested on CD from the InterSystems Web site.
InterSystems is the world’s leading database provider in healthcare, with its products used by most major hospitals and labs, including America’s 10 best hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report.
Headquartered in Boston, CareGroup HealthCare System www.caregroup.org is an integrated delivery network that includes Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, Deaconess-Glover Hospital and Deaconess-Nashoba Hospital, as well as 72 ambulatory clinical practices. With more than 13,000 employees and 2,000 medical staff, CareGroup offers community-based primary care and a wide range of specialty services to serve patients through eastern Massachusetts.
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