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InterSystems, Brooklyn Health Information Exchange Join Forces to Demonstrate Information Flow in Public Health Scenarios

ORLANDO—February 21, 2011— In a demonstration of leadership in health care informatics, InterSystems Corporation is linking an operational health information exchange (HIE) to public health reporting. Working with the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX), which uses InterSystems HealthShare software, InterSystems will demonstrate its solution for a real-world public health use case defined by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

“Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) such as BHIX are the cornerstone of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) initiative,” said Irene Koch, BHIX Executive Director. “Standards-based public health reporting is a major focus in the health care sector and we’re pleased to provide an example of how RHIOs can actively participate in delivering critical public health communications throughout a major geography such as the state of New York.”

The demo at InterSystems Booth #2862 shows a powerful approach to implementing New York State’s Universal Public Health Node (UPHN) project. In the demonstration, HealthShare uses the Analytic Query, Line List Query, Patient Query, and Pseudonymize/Re-Identify services within the UPHN specification. These services are based on principles endorsed by the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) consortium, Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and HL7.

The demonstration begins with BHIX reporting the aggregate number of patients that presented in emergency rooms across the community complaining of a gastro-intestinal illness, who were then diagnosed with food poisoning.  After receiving the report, the NYSDOH notices a higher-than-expected number of food poisoning incidents in Brooklyn. To investigate the matter further, NYSDOH requests an anonymous list of patients within BHIX who were diagnosed with food poisoning, sorted by zip code.  Upon identifying certain cases of interest, NYSDOH then requests fully-identified versions of those patients for follow-up.  After communicating directly with those patients, the outbreak is traced to a particular grocer in a certain zip code that sold contaminated produce.

InterSystems’ commitment to standards-based HIE is illustrated by notable success in IHE Connectathons, which are week-long interoperability testing events involving hundreds of participants. In the most recent Connectathon held last month in Chicago, InterSystems passed over 100 tests across the IT Infrastructure (ITI), Patient Care Coordination (PCC), and Radiology (RAD) domains.

“InterSystems is focused on enabling the seamless interoperability that is required for successful local, regional and national information sharing,” said Grabscheid. “Standards-based HIE is the foundation for optimal care delivery in our highly complex health care environment.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is the worldwide leader in software for connected healthcare. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 23 countries, InterSystems provides advanced software technologies for breakthrough applications. InterSystems HealthShare is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics, providing capabilities such as sharing of clinical information (including regional and national EHR solutions), comprehensive advanced analytics, building clinician and patient Web-based communities, and quickly filling informational and functional cross-system “gaps.” InterSystems CACHÉ®  is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems DeepSee is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications.

InterSystems is the world’s #1 vendor of database and integration technologies for health care applications. InterSystems products are used by thousands of hospitals and labs, including all 14 hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit

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