Gila River Health Care Wins InterSystems Breakthrough Application Award

Agency Leverages InterSystems DeepSee Business Intelligence Software To Drive Informed Action in Diabetes Case Management

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- InterSystems Corporation, a global provider of advanced software technologies, today announced that Gila River Health Care (GRHC), a part of the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) agency, has received the InterSystems Award for Breakthrough Applications. GRHC was recognized for its Diabetic Analysis Management System (DAMS).

The innovative application utilizes InterSystems DeepSee business intelligence technology to make critical patient data easily accessible to everyone involved in the diabetes treatment process. As a result of this timely data delivery, DAMS enables GRHC’s primary care providers to change practice habits to support optimal care delivery.

Unlocking Data to Drive Informed Action

The DAMS solution was built as part of a pilot program involving 200 patients with diabetes. Working with Pieran Health Technologies, an InterSystems implementation partner, GRHC is able to seamlessly access patient data stored in the IHS electronic health record (EHR) system, which is built on the CACHÉ high-performance object database. With DeepSee, the Pieran implementation team created a detailed data model and developed a dashboard library that provides sophisticated analytical information on extensive relevant patient information including blood pressure, cholesterol, and tobacco screenings.

Health care providers use the data to control the ABCS—A1C, blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and smoking. “Getting timely data to the diabetes treatment team may eventually enable us to achieve 60-70 percent control rather than the current low level of control,” said Dr. Leonard Sanders, Director of the Diabetes Care Program and Diabetes Education at GRHC.

“A truly breakthrough application provides users with new ways of working that weren’t previously possible,” said Paul Grabscheid, InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning. “By effectively unlocking the patient information in the IHS database and using that information to enable treatment decisions, GRHC has created a system that does just that. InterSystems welcomes the opportunity to recognize their achievement.”

“We are very pleased and proud to receive this industry award,” said Dr. Sanders.

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is a global software leader with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 23 countries. InterSystems provides advanced technologies for breakthrough applications. InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a seamless platform for integration and the development of connectable applications. InterSystems DeepSee is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence capabilities in transactional applications. InterSystems HealthShare is a strategic platform for healthcare informatics, providing capabilities such as sharing of clinical information (including regional and national EHR solutions), comprehensive advanced analytics, building clinician and patient Web-based communities, and quickly filling informational and functional cross-system “gaps.” For more information, visit

About GRHC

Located thirty‐five miles south of Phoenix, Arizona, in the Community of Sacaton, Gila River Health Care is a not‐for‐profit corporation chartered under the auspices of the Gila River Indian Community Tribal government to serve American Indian communities. Today, the organization is comprised of Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital, a 15‐bed critical access hospital located in Sacaton, Ariz. This facility provides a wide range of primary health care services to its populations including a state‐of‐the‐art dialysis unit and comprehensive behavioral health services. The Komatke Health Center, located in Komatke, Ariz., opened in January of 2009 to replace the Gila Crossing Clinic and to expand its services to the area. It provides a number of comprehensive primary health services, a state‐of‐the‐art dialysis unit and extensive behavioral health services. The Ak‐Chin Clinic is located within the Ak‐chin Indian Community to provide this population with primary health care services. Visit for more information.

About Pieran Health Technologies

Pieran Health Technologies is a creative software development company that specializes in architecting elegant software solutions to complex legacy applications in the healthcare domain. Please visit


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