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ETON UK—January 19, 2011— InterSystems today announced that support for the UK NHS Interoperability ToolKit (ITK) is now included free of charge in InterSystems Ensemble®. NHS end users and application developers can use Ensemble as a ‘plug and play’ ITK solution to fast-track them towards full ITK compliance.  Ensemble, a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications, is used by more than 40 English NHS Trusts, and is the national choice for NHS Scotland.

ITK compliance reduces the cost of integration, increases the flexibility of Trusts’ IT infrastructure and removes the barriers to implementing innovative solutions that connect applications appliances, and devices.  The sharing of information between care settings in Hospitals, GPs and Communities, and the creation of end-to-end connected processes will be greatly assisted by the successful adoption of the ITK by NHS users and their software suppliers.

InterSystems gained the first official accreditation for its ITK implementation from the NICA technology office in September 2010 and now provides a complete implementation of the ITK 1.0.0 specification.  The Ensemble ITK has been proven in a range of clinical settings for example for patient self-service and the reduction in ‘Did Not Attends’ using appointment reminder systems.

Existing Ensemble customers can upgrade Ensemble to enable them to connect to ITK compliant solutions, and importantly, this can bring ITK compliance to legacy application estates.  Trusts have already started to build their own Ensemble ITK solutions which include the distribution of clinical documents.

Jonathan Selby, InterSystems UK Country Manager, added: “InterSystems’ decision to include the ITK as part of its standard Ensemble product underlines our commitment to the NHS ‘Connect All’ strategy.  This should help to jump-start ITK adoption for end users and software suppliers in the English NHS, and refocus integration effort towards delivering better patient care.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is the worldwide leader in software for connected healthcare. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 25 countries, InterSystems provides advanced software technologies for breakthrough applications.

InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems Caché® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems DeepSee is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence in transactional applications. InterSystems TrakCare is a connected healthcare information system that is Web-based and rapidly delivers the benefits of an Electronic Patient Record. InterSystems HealthShare is a platform that enables the fastest creation of an Electronic Health Record for regional or national health information exchange.

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About the Interoperability toolkit

The Toolkit specification, created by the National Integration Centre and Assurance (NICA) Technology Office, is a set of standards and frameworks for interoperability, covering transactional and analytical services aimed at accelerating the pace of delivery – and is inline with the Department of Health’s strategy to ‘connect all’ rather than ‘replace all’, as outlined in the recent White Paper, Equity & Excellence: Liberating the NHS’.

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