That's a great question and I'm happy to answer it for you.
As many of our long-time customers are aware, Ensemble predates HealthShare by several years. Ensemble gained popularity in the healthcare market, in large part, because of its capabilities around the HL7 V2 standard, DICOM, X12, etc.
Initially, HealthShare was a single product targeted to customers establishing Health Information Exchange infrastructures. As the capabilities of the solution grew over time, HealthShare changed from a single product to a family of solutions under the HealthShare name. In the process of developing these solutions, we had to add a lot of support for more modern interoperability standards such as HL7 CDA, CCDA, IHE Profiles, and HL7 FHIR. Those features and the underlying frameworks they rely on are only present in HealthShare solutions and are not available in Ensemble. Other healthcare specific features were also added to the platform to increase the value of the offering to our healthcare customers. The currently available products in the HealthShare platform are:
- HealthConnect - Healthcare integration solution
- AppServer - Connected healthcare application development platform
- Information Exchange - Health Information Exchange platform
- Patient Index - Master Patient Index
- Health Insight - Data analytics and population health tools
- Personal Community - Patient Portal
- Provider Directory - Healthcare provider and organization directory (Coming in 2017)
If you are a new customer in the healthcare vertical, you will be looking at one of the HealthShare solutions listed above and not Ensemble.
HealthShare products are built on top of Caché and Ensemble and HealthShare inherits the capabilities of those products. However, there are some differences in licensing and appropriate use between Caché/Ensemble and HealthShare. I will not get into those details in this post but your account team can help to clarify those details for you.
If you are an existing Ensemble customer, the HealthShare analog to your current product will be either HealthConnect or AppServer depending on your use case. Some Ensemble customers have migrated to HealthShare; if you have any questions about this, please contact your InterSystems account team for further details.
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