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System Provides Advanced Protection for Critical Care Newborns

Cambridge, Mass.— November 7, 2002—InterSystems Corporation today announced that a new Web-based physician order entry (POE) system is making a substantial contribution to the quality of care delivery in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Partners HealthCare’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Built on the CACHÉ post-relational database, the application increases protection against human error in the NICU, which provides intensive care for approximately 1,400 infants annually.

In October, the Web-based POE went live in the NICU, where infants are under 24-hour care. Many of the babies in the unit are very small – typically between 2.5 and 5.5 pounds in weight – and slight variations in medications make a huge difference. The Web-based POE automatically calculates prescription dosages based on each baby’s weight before placing the order directly to the hospital’s pharmacy, eliminating errors that could occur when calculations are performed manually or prescriptions are written by hand. The system also enables physicians and nurses to order X-rays, lab tests and other procedures across a secure Web connection.

“Taking our existing POE to the Web was the next logical step for us, as we develop applications that raise the level of care for patients,” says Partners CTO Steve Flammini. “Initial rollout of our client/server network-based POE resulted in a 17 percent reduction in adverse drug reactions throughout the hospital, saving us as much as $10 million annually. We expect to see a major impact from the Web-based POE. Web-enabling the system further demonstrates Partners’ commitment to providing the highest possible level of care for our patients.”

Approximately 200 nurses, nine attending physicians and 11 resident physicians inside the NICU are using the system extensively, placing about 400 new orders during each 12-hour shift for the floor’s 50 patients. For added convenience and mobility for caregivers, wireless access to Partners’ POE also is available.

“The Web environment offers the potential for much faster order input. Less time at the computer screen means more time for patient care,” says Linda Winfield, a nurse and corporate team leader in clinical systems management at Partners.

“Partners HealthCare is setting new standards with the implementation of the CACHÉ-based POE in the NICU,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems’ vice president of strategic planning. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to work with them as technology partners in making this initiative a reality.”

Based in Boston, Partners HealthCare is a $3.8 billion non-profit organization offering patients a continuum of coordinated, high-quality care. Partners HealthCare includes Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, community health centers and the community-based doctors and hospitals of Partners Community HealthCare, Inc.

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., InterSystems Corporation ( is a leading provider of high performance database systems for Web applications, with over four million users worldwide. InterSystems’ flagship product, CACHÉ, is a post-relational database that uniquely offers three integrated data access options: a robust object database, high performance SQL and rich multidimensional access. CACHÉ enables rapid Web application development, extraordinary transaction processing speed and real-time queries against transactional data. InterSystems is the leading database in healthcare, with CACHÉ in use at the majority of major hospitals and labs around the world, including America’s 10 best hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report

Trademark Notes:  Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation.  Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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