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Post-Relational Database Technology Will Power Company’s Disease-Monitoring Applications

Cambridge, Mass.—February 10, 2003—InterSystems Corporation today announced that PHRG has selected the CACHÉ database as the underlying technology for its new disease-monitoring software.

CACHÉ is a post-relational database that provides powerful rapid application development (RAD) capabilities, enabling developers to quickly create Web-based and client/server transaction processing solutions. InterSystems, which develops and markets CACHÉ, is the leading provider of database technology to U.S. healthcare organizations.

Operating since 1988, Portland, Maine-based PHRG provides detection, surveillance and monitoring services and solutions used by hospitals, insurers, health systems and government agencies. The consulting firm recently decided to leverage its proven expertise in Health Alert Networks (HAN), National Electronic Disease Surveillance Systems (NEDSS) and disease tracking with the launch of a new line of packaged software applications. These CACHÉ-based programs will collect, monitor, analyze and disseminate information concerning specific public health risks—including potential cases of bioterrorism.

PHRG evaluated several databases, including Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, as well as CACHÉ. “CACHÉ offered the most robust development environment for building our new applications,” says Gary Cattabriga, PHRG’s director of information technology. Platform interoperability, high performance, low maintenance and a rich set of RAD functions drove the selection of CACHÉ, Cattabriga continues. “As application developers, we stake our efforts on the strength of the tools we use every day,” says Cattabriga. “CACHÉ is a self-contained RAD environment. All of the tools we need to develop effective disease-surveillance applications are included in the box. And since CACHÉ operates on most platforms, our applications are immediately compatible with our clients’ systems.”

“InterSystems recognizes the significance of applications designed to protect the public health,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning. “In today’s environment, technology providers are developing powerful information-based solutions that provide a higher level of protection from bioterrorism and the spread of infectious diseases. Because of its high reliability, it makes sense to have CACHÉ at the heart of these innovations.”

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., InterSystems Corporation ( is a leading provider of low-maintenance, 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 provider 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.

About PHRG

PHRG is a consultancy and solutions provider whose corporate mission is to improve services to make people healthier. This is accomplished by transforming data into information and information into knowledge, so that organizations make better decisions for those they serve while maintaining financial viability. PHRG has proven expertise in population-based health service planning, strategic planning, service line planning, health assessments, market research, employee health, risk assessment, healthcare information technology, and policy analysis. For additional information on PHRG, its products and services, visit

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

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