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Hixny achieves strategic interoperability with community practices

NEW ORLEANS, HIMSS 2013, March 4, 2013 — InterSystems Corporation, a global leader in software for connected care, announced that the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny) has leveraged the InterSystems HealthShare® strategic informatics platform to achieve electronic health record (EHR) interoperability, which has resulted in a significant increase in provider adoption. In 2012, a total of 421 organizations – 23 hospitals and 398 practices – connected to Hixny.

To date, seven EHR and hospital information system vendors, which serve over 50% of the region’s practices, have achieved interoperability with Hixny’s health information exchange (HIE), enabling providers to retrieve and contribute real-time patient data directly into their native EHRs without disrupting clinician workflow. In 2012, Hixny established bidirectional EHR interfaces at 186 practices, exceeding its original goal by 55%. Independent and hospital-owned practices are also able to share and access patients’ community health records in the form of Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) and electronically receive lab and radiology results and discharge summary notifications from participating hospitals.

“Achieving proven interoperability with our HIE was an essential component in building the critical mass and participation among providers, and Hixny hit its stride in 2012 to deliver an interoperable solution,” said Mark McKinney, CEO of Hixny. “Enabling physicians to work within their own EHR system to access and contribute patient information through Hixny improves the speed and security with which this information is delivered, adding more value to providers and improving the quality of patient care.”

Other 2012 milestones for Hixny included the connection of more than 20 specialty practices and 626 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants; enabling real-time results delivery for labs and radiology tests to 55 practices; and conducting 500 million clinical transactions.

“InterSystems has partnered with Hixny since 2009, and we are delighted by the successes they have achieved in driving EHR adoption and interoperability,” said Paul Grabscheid, Vice President of Strategic Planning, InterSystems. “While many HIEs have been launched, most fail to achieve critical mass because they are unable to break down the technology barriers that have kept vital electronic patient records locked in silos. Hixny has succeeded by building more engaged healthcare communities that will enable more patient-centric care.”

As a result of reaching these milestones, Hixny created the technical framework necessary for the Adirondack Medical Home Pilot to be successful. The Adirondack Medical Home is a joint initiative of medical providers and public and private insurers to transform health care delivery in a predominately rural area. Hixny enabled access to the HIE for nearly 200 physicians in the Adirondack region by connecting five participating hospitals, 24 primary care, and 10 specialty practices to the HIE through their EHRs. Since it has begun participating in the Adirondack Medical Home, Hixny has delivered more than 570,000 CCDs to a quality data center that was established to measure and improve care efficiency and patient outcomes.

“The Adirondack Medical Home Pilot presents a textbook case for the need for patient data to be accessible to multiple providers over a large area,” said Cathy Homkey, CEO of the Adirondack Health Institute, which oversees the pilot. “Thanks to Hixny, providers in the Pilot can obtain real-time data from multiple health facilities, ensuring that their patients’ care is coordinated and effective.”

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About InterSystems HealthShare

InterSystems HealthShare® is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics. It enables organizations to capture and share all patient data, and provides real-time active analytics that drive informed action across a hospital network, community, region, or nation. HealthShare facilitates strategic interoperability, coordination of care, population health management, and community engagement. HealthShare successfully completed IHE Interoperability testing at the recent 2013 North American IHE Connectathon and will be featured at the HIMSS 2013 Interoperability Showcase, Session IS41.

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is a global leader in software for connected care, with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and offices in 25 countries. InterSystems HealthShare® is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics and active analytics, enabling information exchange across a hospital network, community, region or nation. InterSystems CACHÉ® is the world’s most widely used database system in clinical applications. InterSystems Ensemble® is a platform for rapid integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems’ products are used by thousands of hospitals and laboratories worldwide, including all of the top ten hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report.

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About Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny)

Hixny (“hix-knee”), the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York, is a not-for-profit collaborative of health plans, hospitals, physician practices, and other healthcare entities working together to enable secure access and electronic exchange of medical information to coordinate quality care, improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs. Hixny operates the health information exchange for a 16 county region encompassing the Capital District and Northern New York and is a New York State Department of Health designated regional health information organization. To learn more about Hixny, visit, or @Hixny on Twitter.

Editorial Contacts

Catherine Marenghi
(781) 715-7310

Laura Jacobs/Earl Wells
Hixny (e3communications)
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