Tieto and InterSystems Create Swedish National Electronic Health Record


InterSystems Corporation today announced that the first stage of the Swedish National Patient Summary project (known as the NPÖ) – the Swedish national health record – was successfully deployed on Monday 4th May.  The project is designed to facilitate the creation of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and is a vital part of the programme to implement the National IT Strategy for the healthcare and welfare sector in Sweden. The aim is to improve patient security and quality of care by delivering the solution nationwide in stages.

It took just over a year from the contract award to establish the legal context, patient consent and the IT infrastructure for the service, and to connect the first healthcare region – Örebro County Council and the Municipality of Örebro. A key factor to the project’s rapid success has been the prime contractor Tieto’s decision to use InterSystems HealthShare™ as the health information exchange software platform.

The Swedish Healthcare Advisory Organisation (Sjukvårdsrådgivningen SVR AB) selected Tieto in 2008 to deliver the development, implementation and hosting of the  NPÖ.  This is the first national EHR for Sweden, and is one of the first of its kind in the world.  Tieto chose InterSystems HealthShare for its proven reliability, scalability, and ease of connectivity to existing healthcare systems.

The first phase of the solution across Örebro will extend to 500 users including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and staff at two private nursing homes. The solution gives authorised care staff access to critical patient information at any time and at any place. Equipped with a clearer overall picture of the patient, the care provider can make better-informed decisions regarding diagnoses, treatment and follow-up.

“We are delighted that the first stage of NPÖ is completed”, said Ulrika Landström, NPÖ Project Manager at Örebro.  “Sweden is leading the way in terms of integrated healthcare records. The NPÖ, supported by Tieto and InterSystems, allows County Councils to exchange patient information.”

HealthShare is a comprehensive product specifically designed to aggregate and share clinical data across multiple organisations. It creates a summary view of a patient’s medical record on a regional or national basis. This project implements the EN13606 patient record international industry standard, and includes the ability to transform records from the myriad of local formats to the central standard making it easy for any existing system to connect to the National Patient Summary.

“We are proud to be part of this project,” said Mats Sandström, InterSystems’ Country Manager, Nordic, “the fact that it is being deployed as planned is a testament to the commitment of all involved. We now look forward to supporting the rest of the 20 County Councils and nearly 290 Municipalities in Sweden, to gain seamless connection to the NPÖ. It is also the objective for 2009 to connect Östergötland to the service and to prepare three other County Councils for connection. At present Sörmland, Blekinge, Uppsala, Västra Götaland and Stockholm have all expressed interest.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is a global software technology leader with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 21 countries. InterSystems HealthShare™ is a platform that enables the fastest creation of an Electronic Health Record for regional or national health information exchange. InterSystems Ensemble® is a rapid integration and development platform that enriches applications with new functionality, and makes them connectable. InterSystems provides innovative products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications. InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems DeepSee™ is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence in transactional systems, enabling better operational decisions. InterSystems TrakCare™ is an advanced Web-based healthcare information system that rapidly delivers the benefits of an Electronic Patient Record. For more information, visit InterSystems.co.uk

About Tieto

Tieto is an IT service company providing IT, R&D and consulting services. With approximately 16 000 experts, we are among the leading IT service companies in Northern Europe and the global leader in selected segments. We specialize in areas where we have the deepest understanding of our customers' businesses and needs. Our superior customer centricity and Nordic expertise set us apart from our competitors.

The National Patient Summary project is carried out by Sjukvårdsrådgivningen SVR AB (the Swedish healthcare advisory organisation) on behalf of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.

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