- Rapid Application Development
- High performance
- Web technology
Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network of Maryville, Tenn., has gone live with a Web system built on Caché. The new application is a major leap forward in laboratory information management within high-profile fields such as genomics and DNA testing.
Molecular Pathology is recognized as a pioneer in the field of molecular testing and has been at the forefront of applying molecular techniques to diagnostic testing. Molecular Pathology specializes in genomic laboratory medicine including DNA testing for infectious diseases, molecular oncology, mutational analysis, and human identity testing. The laboratory must manage data for more than 100,000 analyses each year. “Given the extremely complex data required for sophisticated diagnostic testing, we needed database software that could enable high-performance transaction processing and also deliver real-time data analytics for queries and reports,” says CIO Kenneth Billings. “The unique ability of Caché to perform Transactional Bit Map Indexing, along with its XML capabilities, fast performance, and scalability made it the logical database choice.”
The Power to Grow
Molecular Pathology began developing the lab system in December 2001. “Since no application on the market met our specific needs, we realized it was necessary to build a system capable of managing our data and expanding with our business,” says Billings. “The number of specialized tests we’ve performed has grown tremendously in the past year and a half. With such growth, we had to develop this application quickly, and Caché offers rapid development features that made it possible to achieve that objective. InterSystems also provided the strong support needed to ensure we could work on a very aggressive development and deployment schedule,” he adds.
The application runs virtually all processes for the company’s labs in Tennessee and Virginia, tracking specimens and producing automated reports. Because the system is browser-based, clients are able to log onto a secure website and view test results from locations anywhere in the world.
More Power, More Performance, More Scalability
The unique ability of CACHÉ to perform Transactional Bit Map Indexing, along with its XML capabilities, fast performance, and scalability made it the logical database choice.
Kenneth Billings, CIO
Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network
With the introduction of Transactional Bit Map Indexing, Caché will be the first database management system addressing the need to deliver real-time query capabilities in conjunction with high-performance transaction processing. Caché also includes built-in support for Web Services, with full support of SOAP and WSDL. This feature enables applications to be built and Web Services-enabled very quickly. And, with the development of the new Enterprise Cache Protocol, the database delivers the highest performance and scalability for multi-server configurations.
“It’s truly gratifying to see Caché making the grade in extremely demanding application environments,” says Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems’ vice president of strategic planning. “Molecular Pathology is leveraging Caché functionality to the fullest—a strategy that complements their positioning as an innovator in the bio-informatics sector.”