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TietoEnator uses InterSystems HealthShare for Swedish National Electronic Healthcare Record project

InterSystems : 19 March, 2008  (Application Story)
TietoEnator using InterSystems HealthShare software is to supply the Swedish national electronic health record, known as the National Patient Overview (NPO).
The NPO is designed to enable the sharing of patient information between regional and local care providers in both the public and private sectors.

The contract is valued at approximately $19 million for the first five years, with an option to extend for an additional two years.

In a competitive procurement process, the Swedish Healthcare Advisory Organization (Sjukvardradgivningen SVR), chose TietoEnator as prime contractor to deliver the development, implementation and hosting of the NPO.

InterSystems HealthShare is a health information network platform that plays an important role in the project as the core software with which the NPO will be delivered. The solution should be ready for production within 12 months. The final three months of this phase will see the first implementation within the Orebro County Council.

HealthShare is a comprehensive solution for aggregating and sharing clinical data across multiple organizations. This enables the creation of a summary view of a patient’s Medical record on a regional or national basis. The platform has the flexibility to support a variety of architectures, and includes a rapid development and customisation environment.

The healthcare market is characterised by valuable existing systems that medical professionals are accustomed to using. HealthShare allows customers to retain these systems and transform them into connected regional or national solutions. In the USA, for example, the state of Rhode Island and the New York-based Long Island Patient Information eXchange are currently using HealthShare to enable regional healthcare network connectivity programs.

“We are delighted that TietoEnator has decided to work with InterSystems as its technology partner for the Swedish NPO programme,” said Mats Sandstrom, InterSystems’ country manager, Nordic. “For thirty years we have provided innovative software to the world's best healthcare providers. This award is welcome recognition of our position as the global technology leader in connected healthcare.'

“We are delighted to have won this important contract. The national patient overview provides a modern tool to make co-operation between the county councils, local authorities and other healthcare providers even more efficient. With this project, TietoEnator is strengthening its position as a leading supplier of IT support to the healthcare industry. One particular point of interest is that individual citizens will eventually have access to their own medical records via the internet,” said Jan B Andersson, responsible for the Scandinavian healthcare business in TietoEnator.

“Many countries and regions are making efforts to computerise patient medical records in order to improve the quality of care.” says Kerry Stratton, InterSystems’ managing director, healthcare. “The Nordic healthcare market is regularly cited as the frontrunner in the development of digital healthcare. This is in part because the Nordic countries have applied modern technology to deliver high standards of care, but also because of the commitment to provide those high levels of care to all citizens in these countries. This nationwide HealthShare project will enable us to share the experiences gained from Sweden with other nations as they seek to develop Electronic Health Records for the benefit of their citizens.”
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