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October 17, 2012

InterSystems, eHealth Technologies Team Up for Centralized Medical Records System

InterSystems Corporation, a producer of connected care software, and eHealth Technologies, a provider of imaging solutions for electronic health records and health information exchange systems, have announced a partnership to offer one-click access to medical images.

“eHealth Technologies shares our vision for connected care by empowering healthcare providers and physicians with secure, timely access to all patient data, including diagnostic-quality PACS images,” said Dominick Bizzarro, Global Business Manager at InterSystems. “Digital images are an essential element of the patient record, and we are thrilled to partner with eHealth Technologies to provide this capability to HealthShare customers worldwide.”

PACS stands for Picture Archiving and Communication System. The system can store X-rays, CT scans and MRI images on a single platform. Doctors can see images immediately and securely over the Web without them having to be carried as physical copies or on CDs, which can jeopardize patient privacy.

They also do not have to have a lot of space to store large medical image files on their computers, as the images remain in the system.

Emergency physicians can also see the images without other doctors having to file reports first, which can also improve the outcome of emergency care.

“We are thrilled to be working with InterSystems to further improve care for patients,” said Ken Rosenfeld, president of eHealth Technologies. “Imaging is a vital piece of the patient record that has typically been difficult and very expensive to share, and not linked to the systems clinicians use on a daily basis, leading to repeat tests which are not only expensive for patients and payers, but expose the patient to unnecessary radiation exposure. The importance of embedding image access within electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) systems is further supported by the Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria.”

eHealth is also powering Blue Shield and Blue Cross.

Edited by Braden Becker

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