Goes Live 25 Percent Faster than Expected Scalability, Performance Key to Successful Web Implementation
Cambridge, MA—May 1, 2002—InterSystems Corporation today announced that Genesis HealthCare System has gone live with Web-based QuadraMed Affinity® applications built on CACHÉ, the leading database in healthcare.
Genesis, an integrated network of 2,000 healthcare professionals, serves more than a quarter million people in southeastern Ohio. Faced with the need to replace a legacy Health Information System (HIS) that had become unacceptably slow, Genesis evaluated multiple HIS solutions. Product functionality, performance, and scalability were key selection criteria during the six-month search, according to Ed Romito, CIO at Genesis. “The sophisticated, comprehensive set of applications offered by QuadraMed Affinity are key to fulfilling current needs as well as supporting our organizational plans for the future,” he says. “This rich functionality is enabled by the high performance, scalability, and reliability delivered by the underlying CACHÉ database.”
Fast, Smooth Installation Sets New Record
The implementation, which required converting 20 years of data to the QuadraMed Affinity environment and deploying a series of QuadraMed Affinity financial applications, was completed in nine months. “Our experience with HIS installs is that they typically take 12 to 18 months,” says Romito. “Clearly, the CACHÉ technology helped make the compressed install possible…overall, this is the smoothest install I’ve ever been through.”
Genesis went live with the first QuadraMed Affinity applications including Patient Registration, Patient Accounting, Clinical Results and Contract Management in January 2002. “Phase one of the rollout involved replacing these core applications,” Romito explains. “During phase two, we’ll add QuadraMed Affinity’s Clinician Access application and follow that with Nursing Documentation, with Web front-ends on the new applications.”
The QuadraMed Affinity applications are running on a 600-PC network serving information users in two locations. Since going live, the feedback from the user population has been very positive, according to Romito. “They’ve gone from a legacy system where day-end processing took six hours to a QuadraMed Affinity and CACHÉ-based infrastructure, where that same processing is complete within about an hour,” he says. “We have a system that users love and backend database technology that IT loves…it doesn’t get much better.” Currently supporting about 300 concurrent users, the combination of QuadraMed Affinity’s open systems architecture and the highly scalable CACHÉ database provides the flexibility needed to manage a growing information user base and new IT initiatives including wireless applications.
“Healthcare is one field in which the term ‘mission-critical’ is absolutely accurate,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems vice president of strategic planning. “CACHÉ is optimized to deliver the information healthcare professionals need as rapidly as possible. Our partnership with Quadramed at Genesis illustrates the success of this approach now and for the future.”
Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., InterSystems Corporation (www.InterSystems.com) is the 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 with a multidimensional data and application server offering ultra-fast and massively scalable objects and SQL. CACHÉ features breakthrough rapid development technology for building objects and object applications. 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.
About Genesis Healthcare System
Genesis HealthCare System (www.genesishcs.org), based in Zanesville, Ohio, operates a 640-bed, non-profit health system consisting of Bethesda Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and several affiliated clinics and healthcare organizations. Bethesda and Good Samaritan have served the community for more than 100 years, providing services to a six-county region with a population exceeding 250,000. As Genesis HealthCare System, they have moved forward with fulfilling the mission of each individual organization and seeking to realize their combined vision.
QuadraMed (www.quadramed.com) is dedicated to developing information technology and providing consulting services that help healthcare professionals deliver outstanding patient care with optimum efficiency. Offering real-world solutions for every aspect of acute care information management, QuadraMed has four main product lines: Affinity® Healthcare Information System, Quantim® Health Information Management Software and Services, Complysource® Compliance Solutions, and Chancellor™ Financial Products and Services. Behind its products and services are nearly 1,000 professionals whose healthcare experience has earned QuadraMed the trust and loyalty of its many customers.
Trademark Notes: Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation. Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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