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Orion Health™ Participates in Health IT Standards Committee Hearing
Date:11/3/2009

Orion Health Inc. endorses and commends the efforts of the Health IT Standards Committee hearing held in Washington, D.C. last week, which was a major milestone towards achieving standardized exchange of health information.

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) November 3, 2009 -- Orion Health Inc. endorses and commends the efforts of the Health IT Standards Committee hearing held in Washington, D.C. last week, which was a major milestone towards achieving standardized exchange of health information.

The hearing held by the Department of Health and Human Services (http://healthit.hhs.gov/), initiated an unprecedented effort to obtain public input in identifying the enablers and barriers to the adoption and implementation of electronic health information exchanges, to establish uniform standards for this data exchange, and how to best accelerate the adoption of health IT standards.

As a global health IT leader in clinical workflow and integration technology solutions, Orion Health contributed its extensive experience from implementing its software all over the world. Chris Stevens, Concerto Product Director for Orion Health Inc., presented Orion Health's submission. Mr. Stevens' paper titled "Vendor Advice to the HIT Standards Committee" can be found here http://bit.ly/46YHt6

Orion Health was 1 of 5 vendors who participated in the Implementation Workgroup of the HIT Standards committee, representing some of the top-ranked vendors in health information technology. The other vendors including eClinicalWorks, Microsoft, Relay Health and SureScripts all provided good submissions offering opinions and advice on the standards to govern the quality, consistency and interoperability of seamless and secure exchange of electronic health information.

Mr. Stevens said, "Health information technology is a major element of the nation's emerging health reform strategy. Electronic exchanges will be critical in connecting the rapidly growing number of providers using electronic medical records and other systems. It is important that we find the best approach to meeting these goals "

Mr. Stevens discussed the early adoption in Canada of HL7 V3 and the need to help smaller vendors with tools and affordable solutions to speed adoption.

"It was an honor to be asked to participate in this extremely important event, that will help the advancement of health data exchange, and in the end, better patient care. Some key recommendations we made to the committee included keeping standards focused and simple, and to build on technology that already exists," Stevens continued.

Orion Health's submission to the HIT Standards Committee provided insight from the company's experience in implementing interoperable heath information technology to deliver improved healthcare outcomes, better quality healthcare and reduce associated costs.

The advice and recommendations Orion Health offered to the HIT Standards Committee to consider included:
-   Providing good supporting documentation for health IT standards
-   Working with and develop existing standards rather than adopting new ones
-   Engage with the vendor community to provide confidence in the longevity standards
-   Consider the entire HIT landscape, including legislative and economic barriers to HIT adoption.

The HIT Standards Committee has taken advantage of the collective learning of others by inaugurating the Implementation Workgroup. This knowledge will go a long way towards overcoming the barriers to the implementation of a world-class health system for all Americans.

About Orion Health Inc.
Orion Health™ is a leading global provider of 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 providing integrated health data in a single, unified view. By enhancing 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 implements health information communities involving over 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users including Maine's HealthInfoNet, Vermont Health Information Exchange, Canada Health Infoway, 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 (CDC) and several of the U.K.'s NHS Trust Hospitals. More information can be found at http://www.orionhealth.com.

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

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