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Research Grant to Fund Data Exchange Among Military and Commercial Hospitals in the Pacific Northwest

Cambridge, Mass.—September 21, 2010— InterSystems Corporation today announced that the U.S. Army has awarded the company a Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation grant for a project that will enable health information exchange (HIE) among military and commercial healthcare providers via the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). The grant will fund implementation, deployment and support of the InterSystems HealthShare platform for regional and national electronic health records.  The global leader in software for connected healthcare, InterSystems provides advanced software technologies for breakthrough applications.

The project will demonstrate the feasibility of efficiently implementing an integrated HIE between a Department of Defense (DOD) facility, the Madigan Healthcare System, and civilian partner organizations of the South Sound HIE.  SSHIE was formed to organize and implement information exchange, in order to improve the health of the South Puget Sound community in the state of Washington.  It includes MultiCare Health System, Franciscan Health System and Madigan.

Functionality provided by the proposed solution includes a regional Enterprise Master Patient Index, a Record Locator Service, and a bi-directional data exchange platform that provides for interoperability between Madigan, MultiCare, and Franciscan.  “The DOD, Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies have embraced the NHIN to facilitate information sharing on a national basis. This project will leverage that work for NHIN interoperability between Madigan and its private sector partners,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning. “Reflecting our successful working partnership, InterSystems has provided the DOD and VA hospitals with multiple advanced software technologies to implement healthcare systems across the country. We appreciate the opportunity to work on an initiative that is another step forward to truly connected healthcare.”

“I see this initiative as contributing to the overall information exchange between our managed care partners and a DOD facility…in this case, Madigan,” said Rick Barnhill, Program Manager, Clinical Informatics at Madigan. “If, in the end, we have the ability to quickly find basic patient and health data that can be used either in the emergency room setting for patients who require urgent care, or in the standard outpatient setting when information relating to patients’ health is available to the contracted care provider, we will consider this project a success.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems is the worldwide leader in software for connected healthcare. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 25 countries, InterSystems provides advanced software technologies for breakthrough applications.  InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. 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 embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications.

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 14 hospitals on the Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit

About Madigan Healthcare System

Madigan Healthcare System is an ever-expanding care facility occupying more than 120 acres of land on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. With 57,000 beneficiaries, the medical center’s tri-service mission encompasses active duty, family members and military retirees residing in its 40-mile catchment area.

As one of the U.S. Army’s most state-of-the-art and technically advanced medical centers, Madigan is one of only three designated Level II trauma centers throughout the U.S. Medical Command (MEDCOM). Additionally, Madigan’s Andersen Simulation Center, which helps train thousands of doctors, nurses and medics each year, holds the distinction of being the first educational institution in the Department of Defense accredited by the American College of Surgeons. Finally, Madigan continues to consistently be named among the “100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.

About MultiCare Health System

MultiCare is a leading-edge, integrated health organization made up of four hospitals including Allenmore Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital, numerous primary care and urgent care clinics, multi-specialty centers, Hospice and Home Health services, and many other services. A not-for-profit organization based in Tacoma, Washington since 1882, MultiCare has grown over the years in response to community needs. Today it is the area’s largest provider of health care services, serving patients at 93 locations in Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. For additional information, visit

About Franciscan Health System

The Franciscan Health System, located in Washington State, is a faith-based organization affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest non-profit health organizations in the United States. Franciscan includes five full-service hospitals; a large primary-care and specialty-care medical group; in-home and inpatient hospice and palliative care; same-day surgery centers; occupational health and physical therapy clinics; and centers for advanced medicine that are distinguished by expertise and state-of-the-art technology. For more information, see

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