UMMS ImageThe University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an eight-hospital system with academic, community, and specialty service missions reaching across Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic region, and beyond. UMMS has approximately 13,000 employees and more than 1,800 acute and long-term care beds.

UMMS chose InterSystems Ensemble to replace its legacy integration software, and it is to be the foundation technology for future integration initiatives throughout UMMS facilities, according to Jon Burns, Senior VP and Chief Information Officer for UMMS. “Our goal,” says Burns, “is to build an enterprise-wide integrated clinical information technology architecture that effectively enables and supports UMMS educational, clinical and business goals.”

Ensemble Choice Based on In-Depth Competitive Evaluation

Ensemble offers a highly intuitive visual design that addresses the development and management requirements of an enterprise-scale integration infrastructure.

Mark DeVault, Director of Clinical Information Systems
University of Maryland Medical System

After an extensive evaluation of integration software products that are placed in the top tier by KLAS, a health care research firm known industry-wide for independent reporting on vendor performance, UMMS selected Ensemble. Over five days, UMMS technologists provided vendors with creative challenges such as building solutions on the fly for newly specified problems. The process included on-site installation, running through real-world scenarios and competitive scoring of features such as business process orchestration, data transformation, rules processing, message handling, load testing, high availability, and user interface. “Ensemble offers a highly intuitive, visual design that addresses the development and management requirements of an enterprise-scale integration infrastructure,” notes Mark DeVault, Director, Clinical Information Systems. “And, it’s an inclusive product that is to provide not only the technical components we need right now but also facilities that are critical to the success of our long-term IT strategy.”

Ensemble will integrate a wide range of systems and data repositories with new healthcare applications from Epic Systems Corporation. “Ensemble will be used across our entire medical system to support the Epic implementation and for all new interface development work,” according to Janet McKercher, Sr. Project Manager, Application Integration. “We’ve established a working partnership with InterSystems to enable our enterprise vision now and in the future.”