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Cambridge, Mass. – March 7, 2005 – InterSystems Corporation today announced that Providence Health System (PHS) has signed an agreement to license the Ensemble universal integration platform.

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

PHS operates 17 acute care hospitals, 12 freestanding long-term care facilities and 19 low income and assisted living facilities across a four-state area in the Pacific Northwest. The Ensemble agreement covers integration projects underway at PHS facilities in Washington.

Real-time Decision Support

The agreement covers a major integration project that involves real-time extraction, transformation, aggregation and loading of data, from up to 30 disparate systems, into a decision support system (DSS) from McKesson Corporation. “This information integration will enable us to more effectively analyze each patient’s experience across the healthcare continuum with the objective of improving outcomes and overall care delivery,” said Jerry Tonkovich, Project Manager at PHS in Seattle. The first set of interfaces went live in December 2004 and plans are to continue the production rollout on an aggressive implementation schedule during early 2005.

Ease of use and the comprehensive range of Ensemble adapters were key selection criteria for PHS, according to Tonkovich. “Most large hospitals have multiple departmental applications and databases. Ensemble offers the wide variety of adapters needed in healthcare. And, the Ensemble rules engine has been designed so that business analysts can make changes themselves, rather than having to call in technical specialists,” he said. “We examined other integration approaches and Ensemble was clearly the right choice.”

“We’re seeing accelerated movement in the healthcare sector to build and deploy integration projects that enable creative new uses of clinical and financial information,” said Trevor Matz, InterSystems Managing Director, Ensemble. “It’s a pleasure to work with PHS on an integration initiative that supports their leadership in using information technology to enable delivery of top-tier healthcare.”

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems Corporation ( has served the needs of IT organizations and independent software vendors for more than two decades. InterSystems’ showcase products, the CACHÉ post-relational database and the Ensemble universal integration platform, enable the rapid creation and fast integration of high-performance applications.

Over four million people use mission-critical applications based on InterSystems’ software. Twenty regional offices serve application developers and integrators around the world, and 24 x 7 support is provided for all InterSystems products.

InterSystems is the leading application platform provider in healthcare, with its software 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 Providence Health System

Providence Health System ( extends its mission of caring and commitment across a four-state area — Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. A comprehensive array of services is available to meet the varied needs of communities. These include acute and 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, assisted living, and housing. Providence Health System operates 17 acute care hospitals, 12 freestanding long term care facilities, and 19 low income and assisted living facilities. The system also works closely with its network of physician organizations and sponsors health plans covering more than 772,000 members and other eligible lives in Oregon and southwest Washington.

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

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