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NEW ORLEANS —February 26, 2007— InterSystems Corporation today announced that the Long Island Patient Information eXchange (LIPIX) has selected InterSystems HealthShare for their health information exchange (HIE) initiative. The InterSystems HealthShare HIE platform will be used to integrate and share clinical information across twelve healthcare organizations throughout Long Island, N.Y. The announcement was made at the HIMSS ‘07 annual conference and exhibition.

InterSystems is a leading provider of innovative database and integration software. The InterSystems product line includes the CACHÉ high performance object database, Ensemble rapid integration software and the HealthShare HIE platform. LIPIX is a regional organization of public and private stakeholders focused on creating an achievable, sustainable and replicable model for integrating and sharing clinical data among Long Island healthcare institutions.

“LIPIX has set aggressive timeframes for the rollout of their patient information exchange project,” said Trevor Matz, InterSystems Managing Director, Application Integration. “By providing an extensible set of core services, HealthShare dramatically reduces the cost, risk and time-to-operation for an HIE,” Matz said. “HealthShare includes the comprehensive functionality and rapid application development capabilities that LIPIX will require to achieve its objectives.”

Sophisticated Technology, Physician-Friendly Design

“InterSystems HealthShare offers a rich set of standards-based capabilities that we’re going to need at LIPIX, combined with a physician-friendly design that will enable rapid adoption throughout our RHIO,” said Dr. Benjamin Stein, Director of Clinical Information Systems at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (LIJ).

“InterSystems’ focus on rapid development and the value that HealthShare offers were also major factors in our HIE software decision,” Stein noted.

Development of the LIPIX response to the Heal NY Phase 1: Health Information Technology Grant was completed under the direction of North Shore-LIJ, a LIPIX stakeholder.

Over the two-year period covered by the grant, the LIPIX project will encompass:

  • Development and use of a regional Meta-Master Patient Index to enable patient identification across multiple institutions and to provide patient indexing and identification for patients seen within each organization;
  • Implementation of a Web-based clinical data exchange (CDE) system that will deliver measurable benefits to providers, patients and payers;
  • Enhancement of clinical information systems by LIPIX participating entities in order to strengthen potential CDE opportunities.

“There is no doubt that this HIE initiative presents some major challenges,” Stein noted. “However, it offers the potential for major improvements in healthcare quality and patient safety along with a dramatic reduction in inappropriate utilization and associated cost.”

Phase 1 of the LIPIX implementation will enable CDE for a patient population estimated at about two and half million people, according to Stein. The next phase will hope to expand coverage to serve approximately five million people throughout the Long Island area as well as the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with LIPIX to enable the delivery of improved quality and safety of care throughout the patient population this RHIO will serve,” said Matz.

“RHIOs throughout the U.S. are moving rapidly to begin building CDE systems,” noted Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning, “and InterSystems is well positioned to deliver the HIE technology needed by this growing market,” he said.

About InterSystems

For 29 years, InterSystems Corporation has provided innovative products that make applications more valuable. InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is rapid integration software that enriches applications with new functionality, and makes them connectable. InterSystems HealthShare is a platform that leverages existing healthcare applications to rapidly create a regional or national health information exchange. With world headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems has offices in 21 countries and provides support to customers in 88 countries.

InterSystems is the premier provider of healthcare application platforms, with its products used by most of the world’s major hospitals and labs, including America’s 10 best hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit InterSystems.com.

About Long Island Patient Information eXchange

The Long Island Patient Information eXchange (LIPIX) includes public and private stakeholders in multiple locations. Organizations actively participating in LIPIX are Nassau Health Care Corporation, Nassau County Department of Health, South Nassau Communities Hospital, North Shore University Hospital Independent Practice Association, Inc., Suffolk County Department of Health Services and Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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