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Tech partner appointed to MoD’s Defence Medical Information System



A data technology provider has been appointed to support the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in its mission to deliver an integrated ecosystem of medical information services to the Defence Medical Services.

InterSystems, which supports customers to solve the most critical scalability, interoperability, and speed problems, has become technology partner to Programme CORTISONE, the MoD’s Defence Digital organisation which will rejuvenate the current Medical Information Services (Med IS) system, on behalf of the Defence Medical Services.

The Defence Medical Services is staffed by 12,200 service personnel, plus an additional 2,500 civilian personnel to “Promote, Protect, and Restore” the health of over 135,000 UK Armed Forces Personnel.

The programme will employ the InterSystems HealthShare interoperability platform to normalise, aggregate and deduplicate data into a longitudinal Unified Care Record for each individual patient. In addition, the MoD will use InterSystems IRIS for Health, the world’s first and only data platform specifically engineered to extract value from healthcare data and rapidly create and scale breakthrough applications.

As a technology partner for Programme CORTISONE, InterSystems will deliver capabilities for the Integration Platform, CORTISONE Portal, Terminology Service, Enterprise Master Patient Index, and Provider Directory (IP/EMPI). While InterSystems HealthShare® Unified Care Record will form the very heart of the new Defence Medical Information Systems, InterSystems IRIS for Health will allow the MoD to develop new Healthcare functionality rapidly as new requirements arise in the future.

“InterSystems provides the leading healthcare interoperability platform globally, as well as within the NHS, and brings a wealth of experience in military health systems to the programme as a delivery partner to the US Government, Health Affairs,” says Chris Norton, managing director, UK & Ireland, InterSystems.

“Our agile nature and strong track record collaborating with healthcare service providers means that we’re well placed to deliver innovative solutions in this open and integrated environment. InterSystems technology will deliver more integrated and valuable information to support improved health outcomes in serving personnel.”

The Programme is a collaboration across all the Defence Services and aims to integrate and operate a full suite of COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf) healthcare software and services from multiple healthcare suppliers.


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