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Not-for-Profit Health Plan Serving One Million Members Across New York to Pioneer Use of HIE Technology

New York, January 14, 2015—Healthfirst, a not-for-profit health plan serving more than one million members in the New York City metropolitan area, announced today that it selected the InterSystems HealthShare® health informatics platform for its health information exchange (HIE) and clinical portal. HealthShare will centralize clinical data from medical records and other sources for Healthfirst members, enabling the Healthfirst provider network (hospitals and physicians) to exchange data in a secure and efficient manner. It will assist Healthfirst members with providing necessary information to doctors as they navigate the healthcare system.

“Healthfirst is collaborating with our sponsor hospitals and doctors to transform care for members. Our HIE will create a seamless and secure platform to deliver important clinical information to a provider at the point of care,” said Deborah Hammond, MD, Healthfirst Vice President and Medical Director. “Providers will have access to detailed information such as prescription drug usage and alerts for gaps in care such as missing preventive care services. Healthfirst is proud to be leading the use of HIE technology.”

The implementation of an information exchange system empowers Healthfirst’s providers to deliver an even higher quality of care to members by sharing the most up-to-date information available at the point-of-care. The clinical portal for clinicians works across the entire care network, including acute, community, mental health, social care, and general practitioner services.

“Health plans need current, comprehensive and credible data to provide timely support for providers at the point of care. Through our experience integrating highly structured claims with complex clinical data, we understand the challenges faced by health plans and providers. We are pleased to support Healthfirst’s goals for improving health outcomes and transforming care through more effective use of information,” said Paul Grabscheid, Vice President of Strategic Planning, InterSystems.

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About InterSystems
InterSystems develops advanced software technologies that enable breakthroughs. With a passion for excellence and a focus on client success, InterSystems provides data management, strategic interoperability, and analytics platforms used in healthcare, financial services, government, and other industries. In selected countries, InterSystems also offers unified healthcare applications, based on its core technologies, that deliver on the promise of connected healthcare. Founded in 1978, InterSystems is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), with offices worldwide, and its products are used daily by millions of people in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit

About Healthfirst
Healthfirst is a not-for-profit health plan serving more than one million members in downstate New York. Created in 1993 by a consortium of the region’s health systems, Healthfirst’s operating model strives to achieve quality outcomes and member satisfaction through collaboration with its extensive provider network and community organizations.

Healthfirst offers a comprehensive selection of free and low-cost health insurance options for individuals and families at every stage of life, including government-sponsored health plans such as Child Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care, as well as commercial plans such as Healthfirst Leaf Plans. We treat our members with the same care and attention we give our own families.

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