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Rapid Integration and Development Platform Foundation For Transition to SOA Environment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—November 10 , 2008— InterSystems Corporation today announced that Spectrum Health has selected InterSystems Ensemble® software for integration initiatives across the entire enterprise. Recognized as one of the nation’s top integrated health care systems, Spectrum Health is dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves.

InterSystems develops and markets innovative database, integration and business intelligence software. Ensemble has been ranked number one for interface engines for the last two years by KLAS, a leader in healthcare technology research. In addition to Ensemble, InterSystems offers the InterSystems CACHÉ® high-performance object database, InterSystems HealthShare platform for regional and national electronic health records, and InterSystems DeepSee embedded real-time business intelligence software.

Supporting Spectrum Health Vision

Based on extensive evaluation of integration software products, Spectrum Health chose Ensemble as its core integration platform. “Our vision is to be the nation’s highest quality and most successful healthcare enterprise by 2010,” said Kim Gordon, Integration Solutions Manager at Spectrum Health. “Ensemble is a key component of the IT strategy we’re executing in order to reach that objective.

“We want to do a lot more than the HL7 messaging and web services that we’ve implemented so far,” Gordon explained. “Plans are to move to more of a services oriented architecture (SOA) approach and to create a federated software environment that enables each of our analysts and business partners to create individually tailored business rules. Rather than just writing basic interfaces, we want to create solutions…and we want to create them very rapidly. Having this technology in place will enable us to become more agile and that will be a catalyst to our success in the future,” she continued.

Ensemble provides the advanced capabilities needed to enable the organization’s IT strategy along with a rapid development and deployment environment that supports achieving results in a compressed timeframe. “Ensemble will enable us to achieve our desired technology and business goals” Gordon said. The Spectrum Health team is working on an aggressive schedule that calls for migrating all of Spectrum Health’s application and data repository interfaces to Ensemble by 2Q09. “The first application, our MUSE® Cardiology Information System, went live on Ensemble this month,” Gordon noted.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Spectrum Health as they use Ensemble to implement an IT strategy that enables their organizational vision,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning. “We are committed to helping Spectrum Health succeed in leveraging our software for connected healthcare to achieve an exceptional level of care delivery.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is a global software technology leader with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 23 countries. InterSystems provides innovative products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications. InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a rapid integration and development platform that enriches applications with new functionality, and makes them connectable. InterSystems HealthShare is a platform that enables the fastest creation of an Electronic Health Record for regional or national health information exchange. InterSystems DeepSee® is software that makes it possible to add embedded real-time business intelligence in transactional systems, enabling better operational decisions.

InterSystems is the world’s #1 vendor of database and integration technologies for healthcare applications. InterSystems products are used by thousands of hospitals and labs, including all 19 hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit

About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan that offers a full continuum of care through its seven hospitals, more than 140 service sites and Priority Health, a health plan with nearly 500,000 members. Spectrum Health’s 14,000 employees, 1,500 medical staff members and 2,000 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care to those in medical need. The organization provided $111.1 million in community benefit during its 2008 fiscal year. As a system, Spectrum Health has earned more than 100 awards during the past 10 years. For additional information, please go to

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