Implementation Latest Success in Long-Term IT Strategy Access to Object Technology, CACHÉ Web Capabilities Drive New Implementation
Cambridge, Mass.—February 23, 2004—InterSystems Corporation today announced that Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has implemented a revenue cycle solution from IDX Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:IDXC) that is built on the post-relational CACHÉ database. The implementation, an upgrade for long-standing IDX customer DHMC to IDX’s
next-generation business performance solution, FlowcastT, went live yesterday. This highlights a partnership among InterSystems, IDX and DHMC that has resulted in two decades of successful IT innovation. InterSystems made the announcement at the HIMSS 2004 conference in Orlando, Fla.
“InterSystems and IDX have helped us reach our care delivery and business objectives year-in and year-out for more than 20 years,” says DHMC Senior Vice President and CIO Peter Johnson. “Our history with both companies is one of continuous improvement that allows us to build on our early achievements in order to take advantage of new and changing technologies. We have a long-term, consistent commitment to InterSystems and IDX, their products and application partners.”
The leading provider of database technology in healthcare, InterSystems develops and markets the CACHÉ post-relational database. All of the top 10 hospitals in America, as rated by U.S. News and World Report , are running CACHÉ-based systems.
A comprehensive revenue cycle management system for hospitals, integrated delivery networks and large physician group practices, Flowcast is one of a family of healthcare application systems offered by IDX. “DHMC has made a clear statement of the value they are receiving from our close working partnership with InterSystems,” says IDX President and COO Tom Butts. “Our joint commitment to deliver optimal healthcare solutions worldwide continues to provide a foundation for corporate growth and customer success.”
Object Development Capabilities, Web Functionality Drive Implementation
Located in Lebanon, N.H., DHMC is an integrated academic medical center that comprises Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic (a network of more than 900 primary and specialty care physicians located throughout New Hampshire and Vermont), Dartmouth Medical School and the VA Medical and Regional Office Center in White River Junction, Vt.
DHMC is a healthcare leader in leveraging information technology to cut costs and improve care delivery-a position acknowledged most recently when it was named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” medical centers, according to a 2003 survey published in Hospitals & Health Networks. The decision to move to CACHÉ 5-based Flowcast was a logical result of that positioning, according to Johnson.
“We’ve seen object-oriented development taking off in the last few years, and that’s the direction we’re taking,” Johnson says. “CACHÉ 5 offers advanced object capabilities, as well as rapid development of high-performance Web applications.” For example, CACHÉ 5 eliminates any need for developer-defined mapping of XML to internal database structures, enabling faster application development.
“Our solution from IDX makes full use of the rich feature set in CACHÉ 5,” notes Johnson. “It offers improved underlying capabilities, accessibility via the Web and enhanced ability to interoperate with disparate systems,” he says. Interoperability is critical in the DHMC environment, which includes a wide variety of applications running on a network that includes more than 6,000 PCs in 75 sites across New Hampshire and Vermont.
“DHMC will also be using CACHÉ 5 for in-house application development,” Johnson says. Functionality such as transactional bit-map indexing, which provides the query performance advantages of advanced indexing technology with update performance equal to that of traditional indexes, will be fully exploited in systems such as the DHMC operating room management system, which is scheduled for a rewrite.
“We’ve worked closely with DHMC to help them fully utilize CACHÉ functionality,” says InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning Paul Grabscheid. “It’s a pleasure to help them implement their vision of delivering high-quality care in the most cost-effective way possible.”
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems Corporation (www.InterSystems.com) has served the needs of IT organizations and independent software vendors for more than two decades. InterSystems’ showcase products, the CACHÉ post-relational database and the Ensemble integration platform, enable the rapid creation and fast integration of high-performance applications. Over four million people use mission-critical applications based on InterSystems’ software. Twenty regional offices serve application developers and integrators around the world, and 24 x 7 support is provided for all InterSystems products.
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.
Founded in 1969, IDX Systems Corporation provides information technology solutions to maximize value in the delivery of healthcare, improve the quality of patient service, enhance medical outcomes, and reduce the costs of care. IDX supports these objectives with a broad range of complementary and functionally rich products installed at 3,300 customer sites. Customers include 138,000 physicians who utilize practice management systems to improve patient care and other workflow processes. IDX systems are installed at:
- 380 integrated delivery networks (IDNs) representing more than 500 hospitals
- 175 large group practices with more than 200 physicians
- 665 mid-size group practices with less than 200 physicians
The IDX web strategy includes browser technology, e-commerce and web-based tools-built using Internet architecture-that facilitates access for patients, physicians and care providers to vital health information and data managed by the IDX clinical, administrative, financial, and managed care products. IDX has approximately 2,100 full-time employees.
Trademark Notes: Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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