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Electronic Health Record and Health Information Exchange Interoperability Create Efficient, Seamless Access to Patient Information for Local Physicians

CAMBRIDGE, Mass—October 21, 2011—InterSystems Corporation, a global leader in software for connected care, today announced that Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY) has connected its health information exchange (HIE) with the cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) from athenahealth, Inc. This landmark connection will enable physicians using athenahealth’s EHR service, athenaClinicals®, to efficiently access their patients’ community health records supplied by HIXNY’s HIE, which is built on InterSystems HealthShare. The groundbreaking initiative continues HIXNY’s focus on sharing and delivering patient data in a secure manner while improving care coordination across Capital Region and Northern New York. “Physician practices that choose athenahealth as their EHR vendor will have proven interoperability with HIXNY’s HIE,” said Scott Momrow, Vice President of HIXNY. “Many healthcare stakeholders today are already sharing information via the HIXNY HIE.  What’s different about the approach with athenahealth is that their users will now have a bi-directional connection making it easier for providers to share their information with other participating providers as well as making it much faster for providers to access their patients’ aggregated community health information right in their native EHR system.  It is a seamless process that can bring value to health care providers while also improving workflows and efficiency in a practice of any size.” As an HIE, HIXNY provides the means for health care providers to share records between system so that patients’ clinical information is safely and securely exchanged from provider office to provider office as well as hospitals and other stakeholders to improve the quality of care and reduce health care costs. “InterSystems has been a key partner in this connected care initiative,” noted Momrow. “The HealthShare strategic informatics platform dramatically speeds up delivery of healthcare information for physicians who utilize HIEs.” HIXNY continues to work with several EHR system vendors to create similar proven connections for physicians and provider offices throughout the area served by HIXNY. With this approach, the EHR vendors typically handle the training and installation of the program while HIXNY will assist practices with the patient consent process. “We want to be able to provide those participating with HIXNY multiple options for accessing our services.  We’re confident that our approach with athenahealth will result in other EHR vendors establishing similar interoperable connections in the near future,” Momrow said. “Reliance on HealthShare to add value to EHR systems by enabling enhanced EHR interoperability is a growing global trend in connected health care,” said Dominick Bizzarro, InterSystems HealthShare Business Manager. “HIXNY’s success in implementing EHR integration across its network illustrates the benefits that these initiatives can deliver to health care providers.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is a worldwide leader in breakthrough solutions for connected care with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 23 countries. InterSystems CACHÉ® is the most widely-used database in clinical applications. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems HealthShare is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics, and the creation of an Electronic Health Record on a regional or national scale. InterSystems DeepSee is software that makes it possible to embed real-time analytics capabilities in transactional applications. InterSystems products are used by thousands of hospitals and labs worldwide, including all 17 hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit InterSystems.com and www.youtube.com/InterSystemsCorp. And, please join the InterSystems community at www.facebook.com/InterSystems or @InterSystems on Twitter.

About Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY)

HIXNY (“hix-knee”) is a collaboration of health plans, hospitals, physician practices and other entities in a 17 county geography comprising the Capital Region and Northern New York.  HIXNY has built an interoperable network to electronically share medical information more efficiently for the benefit of healthcare consumers.  HIXNY, a not-for-profit organization, has been designated as a regional health information organization (RHIO) by the New York State Department of Health.  HIXNY works collaboratively with healthcare providers to enable accurate and efficient decision making at the point of care.  For more information about HIXNY, including a list of the member organizations please visit www.hixny.org.

About athenahealth

athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based business services for physician practices. athenahealth’s service offerings are based on proprietary web-native practice management and electronic health record (EHR) software, a continuously updated payer knowledge-base, integrated back-office service operations, and automated and live patient communication services. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call (888) 652-8200.

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