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InterSystems Software for Strategic Interoperability to Support Partners eCare Strategic Initiatives, Unifying Clinical and Financial Systems

BOSTON and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 7, 2013 — Partners HealthCare, one of the nation’s leading integrated health systems, and InterSystems, a global leader in software for connected care, announced today that Partners has selected InterSystems HealthShare® as an enterprise platform for strategic interoperability.  InterSystems’ advanced software technology will replace several existing integration engines and enable Partners to pursue consolidation of its financial and clinical systems onto one electronic health record (EHR) platform, supporting Partners’ vision to be a more agile, integrated, and efficient healthcare system.

In July 2012, Partners HealthCare announced it would implement an integrated electronic health information system at all institutions across the Partners network by 2017. This strategic initiative, Partners eCare, is the largest program of its kind in the history of Partners HealthCare. The program is crucial to Partners’ leadership and innovation in redesigning patient care models, advancing population health management, improving patient affordability, enhancing the patient experience, and strengthening community-based care.

In keeping with the Partners eCare guiding principle of “one patient, one record, one team, one Partners statement,” InterSystems technology will support the seamless flow of clinical and administrative information between third-party systems and the enterprise EHR, helping to improve coordination of care, reduce unnecessary testing, and support quality and cost imperatives.

Partners selected InterSystems because of the long partnership between the two companies and Partners’ successful experience with InterSystems’ proven database and integration technologies. InterSystems Caché® is the high-performance database system that powers Partners HealthCare’s EHR system and hundreds of applications used by thousands of clinicians throughout the Partners network. In addition, Partners’ extensive use of the InterSystems Ensemble® rapid integration software has enabled a smooth integration of Partners’ rich library of services and applications.

“Partners is redesigning care delivery to improve the health of our patients while improving the affordability of care.  Achieving these goals requires a level of coordination and standardization across Partners that cannot be supported by a ‘patchwork quilt’ of disparate information systems,” said Steven Flammini, Chief Technology Officer, Partners HealthCare. “Working in concert with our EHR vendor (Epic Systems Corporation of Verona, WI), InterSystems technology will help Partners fulfill its pledge to deliver the highest quality care that is safe, effective, accessible, and affordable.”

“By integrating both revenue cycle and clinical applications, we are benefitting our patients and care providers,” said John Pappas, Associate Director of Clinical Systems Integration at Partners HealthCare. “When patients move through the Partners system, they will have a single, consolidated health record that follows them, and a single, coherent statement of all Partners services provided.”

“Partners recognizes that strategic interoperability is central to achieving the strategic goals of the Partners eCare initiative.  We have enjoyed a decades-long relationship with Partners on every step of its journey to improving outcomes and managing costs, and that continues with their selection of HealthShare to achieve a holistic view of individual patients as well as patient cohorts across the Partners HealthCare network,” said Paul Grabscheid, Vice President of Strategic Planning, InterSystems.

About InterSystems HealthShare

InterSystems HealthShare is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics. Certified for interoperability by IHE USA and ICSA Laboratories, HealthShare enables organizations to capture and share all patient data, and provides real-time active analytics that drive informed action across a hospital network, community, region, or nation. HealthShare facilitates strategic interoperability, enabling critically important initiatives such as population health management, care coordination, community engagement, and more patient-centered care.

About InterSystems

InterSystems is a global leader in software for connected care, with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 25 countries. InterSystems HealthShare® is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics, enabling information exchange and active analytics across a hospital network, community, region or nation.  InterSystems CACHÉ® is the world’s most widely used database system in healthcare applications. InterSystems Ensemble® is a platform for rapid integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems’ products are used by thousands of hospitals and laboratories worldwide, including all of the top 15 hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit

About Partners HealthCare

Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.  In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization. More information is at

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Catherine Marenghi
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Rich Copp
Partners HealthCare
(617) 278-1031