InterSystems adds to HealthShare portfolio

InterSystems has won two contracts to install its HealthShare health informatics platform in the US.

One contract, for the New York eHealth Collaborative (NyeC), will see the company link up regional health information organisations (RHIOs) to create a state health information network covering the whole of New York state, which at 19 million has a total population similar in size to Australia.

NYeC will implement a set of core services that will be used by participants in the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) to exchange information across organisational boundaries.

More than $US300 million in federal and state funds have been allocated to accelerate health information exchange (HIE) and the use of health information technology in New York over the next three years, NYeC executive director David Whitlinger said.

"NYeC's success will depend on its use of federal and state grant dollars to create a sustainable HIE infrastructure that supports widespread initiatives to improve health care quality and reduce health care costs," Mr Whitlinger said.

He said the deployment of HealthShare-based infrastructure will be critical to providing easy, secure access to a single, comprehensive medical record for each patient.

InterSystems' group commercial director, Steve Garrington, said HealthShare supports a set of standards and protocols that will enable sharing of critical health information across New York and will provide a health information exchange model for national initiatives.

"We also anticipate that existing and potential customers will use HealthShare to provide secure and consistent access to regional and national infrastructure such as the PCEHR in Australia," Mr Garrington said.

The state of Missouri has also chosen HealthShare to be the technology foundation for Missouri Health Connection's (MHC) statewide health information network.

MHC's HealthShare-based statewide health information network will be used to serve a population estimated at more than six million patients.

As the first step in implementation, MHC and InterSystems are working with healthcare provider organisations around the state to launch two key services: direct secured messaging and the ability to query a patient's records through a secure cloud-based network.

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