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InterSystems' CACHE 5 Combines with QuadraMed Affinity to Increase HIS Performance for Hunterdon Healthcare


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- InterSystems Corporation today announced that Hunterdon Healthcare System has gone live with a CACHE 5 upgrade for its Web-native Affinity(R) HIS from QuadraMed(R) Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: QMDC) . The

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- InterSystems Corporation today announced that Hunterdon Healthcare System has gone live with a CACHE 5 upgrade for its Web-native Affinity(R) HIS from QuadraMed(R) Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: QMDC) . The announcement came during the HIMSS 2004 conference in Orlando, Fla.

InterSystems develops and markets the CACHE post-relational database, the leading database in healthcare, which is running in all of the top 10 hospitals in America, as rated by U.S. News and World Report.

Hunterdon is a non-profit healthcare organization in Flemington, N.J., committed to providing a full range of quality services that respond to the needs of the community. Hunterdon Healthcare System has partnered with the Hunterdon Physician Practice Association to form Hunterdon Healthcare Partners LLC, an integrated delivery network (IDN) with facilities in 21 locations that handle approximately 347,000 patient encounters annually. Recognized for innovation in use of information technology, Hunterdon has been on Hospitals & Health Networks' list of the nation's "Most Wired" medical centers for the last four years.

Performance, RAD, Object Technology Drive New Implementation

Hunterdon's decision to upgrade to CACHE 5 in late 2003 was driven by a commitment to increasing overall system performance, according to CIO Glenn Mamary. "We were in the process of putting up a backup/recovery hotsite in a remote location," says Mamary. "The speed and reliability of CACHE 5 proved very attractive in enabling that project. In a disaster recovery situation, we're now able to come up in less than two hours with a backup database. That's extremely important when you're running critical systems 24 x 7 on a network that supports about 900 information users."

In addition, the CACHE RAD platform and sophisticated object functionality will support new Hunterdon initiatives. "The RAD environment makes it easy to apply modifications so that QuadraMed can quickly respond to our specific requirements," Mamary says. "And, we see object technology as key for new development ... that's where we're going with our in-house projects, because it's more streamlined and because the Web is, in fact, inherently object-oriented."

A long-time QuadraMed customer, Hunterdon is fully leveraging the components of the Affinity Healthcare Information System (HIS). "The applications are extremely comprehensive, and the information connectivity is virtually seamless," notes Mamary. "And, they have an open architecture, which means Affinity and CACHE interact smoothly with our in-house systems. That's a benefit of the strong partnership between QuadraMed and InterSystems."

Mamary expects to continue receiving that benefit as Hunterdon implements a series of new systems in 2004. Plans call for an increased focus on adding wireless system access to the IDN's physician order entry system and some work with tablet PCs.

"We're committed to supporting Hunterdon's new initiatives," says InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning Paul Grabscheid. "Our strong working relationship with QuadraMed ensures that they can focus on executing their business and IT strategy in the most optimal way."

According to QuadraMed Chief Technology Officer Dean Souleles, "Hunterdon is nationally recognized for its progressive approach to implementing leading-edge HIS technology. InterSystems has proven once again to deliver solid performance. We're pleased to have them as our partner at this, as well as other healthcare provider organizations."

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems Corporation ( http://www.intersystems.com/ ) has served the needs of IT organizations and independent software vendors for more than two decades. InterSystems' showcase products, the CACHE post-relational database and the Ensemble integration platform, enable the rapid creation and fast integration of high-performance applications. Over four million people use mission-critical applications based on InterSystems' software. Twenty regional offices serve application developers and integrators around the world, and 24 x 7 support is provided for all InterSystems products.

InterSystems is the leading database provider in healthcare, with CACHE in use at the majority of major hospitals and labs around the world, including America's 10 best hospitals as rated by U.S. News and World Report.

About QuadraMed

QuadraMed is dedicated to improving healthcare delivery by providing innovative healthcare information technology and services. From clinical and patient information management to revenue cycle and health information management, QuadraMed delivers real-world solutions that help healthcare professionals deliver outstanding patient care with optimum efficiency. Behind our products and services is a staff of more than 850 professionals whose experience and dedication to service has earned QuadraMed the trust and loyalty of customers at more than 1,900 healthcare provider facilities. To find out more about QuadraMed, visit http://www.quadramed.com/ .

InterSystems Corporation

CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai of Shoor & Company, +1-803-699-0710, or
skidwai@shoorpr.com; or Maureen Flaherty of InterSystems, +1-617-621-0600, or

Web site: http://www.intersystems.com/http://www.quadramed.com/

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