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InterSystems Joins the New York eHealth Collaborative, the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange, CGI Group, and CareSpark to Demonstrate National Health Information Exchange Based on Latest NHIN Specifications

ATLANTA—March 1, 2010— Illustrating its global leadership in connected healthcare, InterSystems Corporation will be participating in a demonstration that simulates state-to-state health information exchange (HIE) for the duration of the HIMSS10 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. InterSystems has joined a team comprised of the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange (BHIX), CGI Group, Inc. (CGI), and the CareSpark regional HIE in an initiative that will illustrate the most recent implementation of the standards specifications that have been released by the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).

“This implementation will be a practical example of how a community can link with other communities in remote locations to exchange critical patient health information,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning. “There is a focus throughout the healthcare sector on creating a network to exchange medical information nationwide. We are very pleased to participate in demonstrating the progress that has been made in that direction.”

“Interoperability is key to meaningful use,” according to John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “The new federal regulations require data exchanges for provider-to- provider summary sharing, e-prescribing, public health reporting, and patient engagement. Having an integration engine which supports all of the HL7, NCPDP, and X12 standards eases the glide path to certified health information exchange.”

A virtual rendition of the State Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) will be hosted on the InterSystems HealthShare platform running at InterSystems’ Booth #5315. HealthShare is a comprehensive solution for aggregating and securely sharing clinical data across multiple organizations and communities. Three of the regional health information organizations (RHIOs) that comprise the SHIN-NY — BHIX, the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY), and the Long Island Patient Information eXchange (LIPIX) —are using HealthShare as their information exchange platform.

The CareSpark virtual community will be hosted by CGI on the CONNECT software architecture running at CGI’s Booth #832. CGI is a professional services firm that offers solutions across the healthcare spectrum. CareSpark serves patients in a 34-county area of east Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

At the InterSystems booth, information about an individual patient will be gathered dynamically via HealthShare from data sources within BHIX, Medicaid, Surescripts, and simulations of other New York communities. HealthShare will be used to construct a single aggregated clinical record as a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) for exchange with CareSpark through its NHIN gateway. The bidirectional exchange will also demonstrate the transmission of clinical information from the CareSpark community through its FHA CONNECT platform, as implemented by CGI.

Various realistic scenarios that typify patient issues that require regional healthcare connectivity will be used during the demonstration. These include:

  • A 20-year-old male Tennessee resident who is on vacation in New York, experiences a severe asthma attack and must be treated in a local emergency department;
  • A 61-year-old female from New York with a history of diabetes and congestive heart failure who faints while visiting relatives in Tennessee, is treated in a Tennessee Emergency Department and returns to New York and her primary care physician for further examination;
  • A 34-year-old male “drug seeker” who is targeting both the New York and Appalachian regions to obtain prescription drugs which he intends to resell on the black market.

The virtual communities share patient summary information using technology standards that comply with the specifications and integration profiles of NHIN, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) consortium, and the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).

“This demonstration illustrates our ongoing commitment to seamless, standards-based sharing of healthcare information among appropriate healthcare organizations,” said Grabscheid. “This level of sharing is absolutely essential to enabling optimal care delivery.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems 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 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 connected applications. InterSystems HealthShare is a platform that enables the fastest creation of an Electronic Health Record for regional or national health information exchange. InterSystems DeepSee is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications for better operational decisions.

InterSystems is the world’s #1 vendor of database and integration technologies for healthcare applications. InterSystems products are used by thousands of hospitals and labs, including all 21 hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit

About CareSpark

CareSpark is a non-profit regional health information exchange working to improve health in the Central Appalachian Region through the collaborative sharing of health information exchange. Since its inception in 2005, CareSpark has partnered with local healthcare providers, purchasers, technology companies and policy-makers at federal and state levels to develop a sustainable system and secure network that supports patient care delivery, public health research and population health improvement. For more information, visit

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 26,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. As of December 31, 2009, CGI’s order backlog was $11.4 billion. CGI shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.A) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website:

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