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Ensemble Universal Integration Platform Integrates 12 Systems, 30 Data Sources for Strategic Data Repository

San Diego, Calif.—February 13, 2006—InterSystems Corporation today announced that Providence Health & Services (PHS) has gone live with an enterprise data warehouse built on its Ensemble universal integration platform. The integration project, which highlights the growing trend of leveraging a wide range of data sources to enable optimal healthcare decision-making, was rolled out in January. InterSystems made the announcement at HIMSS 2006 in San Diego, Calif.

The leading database provider in healthcare, InterSystems develops and markets the CACHÉ post-relational database and Ensemble universal integration platform.

With more than 45,000 employees, PHS operates acute care facilities, freestanding long term care facilities, and low income and assisted living facilities across a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest. Ensemble is being used to integrate information flowing from 12 systems that include 30 data repositories located in Everett, Olympia and Centralia in Washington. The integrated data feeds the Horizon Performance Management (HPM) data warehouse from McKesson Corporation.

Strategic Goals Require Technology Innovation

The integration initiative is expected to have a far-reaching impact on future business strategy at PHS. It supports standard cost accounting and service line analysis across the region, enables elimination of two legacy decision support systems and provides a single source of information for strategic decision-making.

Ensemble’s rapid integration and development functionality was key to the success of the data warehouse initiative. Ensemble provides an innovative, unified graphical, XML and code-based development environment that accelerates modeling and automating business processes for business analysts and technical developers. Ensemble also facilitates smooth communication. As a result, PHS business analysts were able to rapidly spec out the interfaces and work easily with the software developers and the result was faster integration and development.

High performance was another technology requirement for the complex integration project. From a hospital acute setting, more than 400,000 encounter records will be streaming into the warehouse annually. In addition, more than 1.5 million encounter records will flow in from more than 150 physicians’ locations and clinics, providing concrete evidence that Ensemble’s ability to deliver the high performance needed to manage massive data volumes was important to the success of this project. Complementing Ensemble’s advanced functionality was the service and support provided by InterSystems throughout the project. “We are absolutely committed to our customers’ success. Our focus on providing top-level service and support illustrates that commitment,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning.

Future Plans

It is expected that the information from this Ensemble-based data warehouse will be used to, in effect, predict the future for PHS. By integrating clinical, financial and operational data across multiple patient data dimensions, the organization gains the ability to understand its business in ways that will help predict strategies that are most appropriate for the future.

“The success of this project clearly shows why PHS is recognized as an innovator in the healthcare technology arena,” said Grabscheid. “The decision to fully utilize data from multiple clinical and financial repositories by using Ensemble to provide an integrated information flow to the HPM warehouse provides them with powerful decision support capabilities that will prove extremely useful in the increasingly competitive healthcare market. It’s been a real pleasure to partner with PHS on this integration project.”

About InterSystems

For over 25 years, InterSystems Corporation has been a technology innovation leader in database and integration software. The CACHÉ post-relational database and Ensemble universal integration platform enable software developers in every industry sector to rapidly create, deploy and integrate high-performance applications. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems has offices in 20 countries serving more than four million users around the world. For more information, visit

InterSystems is the world’s leading database provider in healthcare, with its products used by most major hospitals and labs, including America’s 10 best hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report.

About Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services ( continues the healing ministry of Jesus with special concern for the poor and vulnerable across a five-state area—Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and California. The ministries of Providence Health & Services include 27 hospitals, more than 35 non-acute facilities, physician clinics, a health plan, a liberal arts university, and numerous other health, housing and education services. These services encompass primary care, outpatient services, transitional care, home and hospice care, substance abuse programs, mental health treatment, comprehensive outreach programs including prevention and wellness, long term care and housing. The system also works closely with its network of physician organizations and sponsors health plans covering more than 853,000 members and other eligible lives in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The corporate headquarters for Providence Health & Services is in Seattle.

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