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Ochsner Health System Connects Community Physicians to Electronic Medical Records; Orion Health HIE Solution Provides Access to Healthcare Providers Across the Gulf South
Date:7/7/2010

Ochsner Health System in Louisiana is connecting thousands of physicians in the broader community to patient medical records, based on Health Information Exchange (HIE) technology from Orion Health. Ochsner can now provide community and referring physicians across the region with access to information about patient care conducted within Ochsner Health System.

Santa Monica, California (Vocus) July 7, 2010 -- Ochsner Health System, a non-profit, academic and multi-specialty healthcare delivery system in Louisiana is connecting thousands of physicians in the broader community to patient medical records. Based on secure, web-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) technology from Orion Health, Ochsner can now provide community and referring physicians across the region with access to information about patient care conducted within Ochsner Health System. Healthcare providers can receive customized alerts of patient status and results and access a more complete patient record to improve clinical decision-making and ease care transitions regardless of where a patient received care within the health system.

Over the past several years Ochsner Health System has expanded, acquiring several area community hospitals. Data from all the care settings needed to be accessible to the entire community while maintaining patient privacy and creating a streamlined process for notifying physicians of patient experiences.

Chris Belmont, System Vice President and CIO of Ochsner Health System, says managing individual physician alert preferences was difficult. Contact information was constantly changing and there wasn’t a standard way to alert and communicate with physicians when their patients received care at an Ochsner facility.

“In order to ensure the HIE system is valuable, it is important to provide physicians with a choice about what data they would like to be notified of and how that notification will be received. The Orion Health HIE technology lets physician’s manage their alert preferences to suit their needs and gain access to medical records in a customized view,” continues Mr. Belmont.

Orion Health’s HIE Solution includes the capability to let physicians choose to receive electronic notification of updates relating to any of their patients. When new information becomes available, for example when lab results arrive, the Orion Health Concerto Physician Portal will electronically notify every physician who has subscribed for updates on that patient.

Orion Health President of North America, Paul Viskovich, says the challenge of integrating patient data across an enterprise is often similar to those of a regional health information exchange.

”Disparate systems and unique workflow exists within the departments of a hospital as it does across individual providers practices. Ochsner’s challenge was to find a system that was flexible enough to be customized to suit the workflow needs of new diverse groups yet still allowed them to retain control of their data and maintain compliance with privacy standards,” Mr. Viskovich concluded

Orion Health solutions use standards-based technology to integrate data within a facility and external partners without incurring costly system replacement approaches. Currently the company helps facilities and healthcare communities that connect 35 million patients with hundreds of thousands of active users.

About Concerto® Portal
A single sign-on physician portal, Concerto Portal connects multiple hospital information systems to provide a unified view of patient data across all clinical applications. Using a graphical interface, Concerto Portal allows physicians to present data to patients in order to better explain, inform and share health records securely and reliably. Improved access to information allows staff to make better clinical decisions leading to improved healthcare and better health outcomes. For more information please see http://www.orionhealth.com/products/concerto.

About Orion Health™ Rhapsody® Integration Engine
Orion Health Rhapsody is a powerful integration engine that delivers advanced inter-system messaging capabilities to health sector organizations of all kinds. Rhapsody is designed for rapid, effortless installation and use, and enables quick accurate and efficient exchange of electronic data. For more information please see http://www.orionhealth.com/products/rhapsody.

About Ochsner™ Health System
Ochsner Health System is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes eight hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs more than 750 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and more than 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner has more than 11,000 employees system-wide. Ochsner is a national leader in medical research with more than 300 ongoing research trials and 200 annual publications in medical literature. It is one of the largest non-university based physician training centers in the nation with over 375 medical residents, over 600 medical student months, and 400 allied health students annually.

About Orion Health Inc.
Orion Health™ is a leading Health Information Exchange (HIE) solution provider with expertise in clinical workflow and integration technology for the healthcare sector. Orion Health’s easy-to-use solutions and applications improve patient care and clinical decision making by enabling the exchange of healthcare information among disparate systems and providing integrated health data in a single, unified view. By extending existing healthcare information systems, the Orion Health Rhapsody® Integration Engine, Concerto® Physician Portal, and workflow solutions provide healthcare workers with easy access to patient data and trends, and reduce errors and omissions by streamlining information transfer.

Worldwide, Orion Health has deployed health information communities involving over 35 million patients with hundreds of thousands of active clinical users including Maine’s HealthInfoNet, Alberta Health Services and Spain’s IB Salut. Orion Health’s partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, Allscripts, IBM, Oracle, Phillips and others. Orion Health has more than 1,000 clients around the world, including Lahey Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Spain's IB Salut, South Eastern Norwegian Regional Health Authority, New Zealand Ministry of Health. Orion Health’s Concerto Portal is a preferred Canada Health Infoway Solution. More information can be found at http://www.orionhealth.com"

Orion Health, Rhapsody, Concerto, and Symphonia are registered trademarks of Orion Health Inc, its parent/or its affiliates. Other names used may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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