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Orion Health and Cisco Announce New Medical Data Exchange Solution to Integrate, Share and Report Public Health Data
Date:8/31/2009

Orion Health, Inc. and Cisco announced the Rhapsody AXP, a new solution to address current challenges in public health reporting and to improve the early detection, tracking and rapid response to possible disease outbreaks such as seasonal or H1N1 flu.

Atlanta, Ga. (PRWEB) August 31, 2009 -- Orion Health, Inc. and Cisco today announced the Rhapsody® AXP, a new solution to address current challenges in public health reporting and to improve the early detection, tracking and rapid response to possible disease outbreaks such as seasonal or H1N1 flu. The solution integrates the Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP), Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) and the Orion Health™ Rhapsody® platform to provide a pre-configured and highly secure public health reporting solution. The companies unveiled the joint solution, Rhapsody® AXP, to audiences at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Information Network PHIN Conference 2009, today in Atlanta, GA.

Currently healthcare organizations are encumbered with antiquated or manual public health reporting processes and systems. These processes and systems increase the costs of public health reporting, lower overall care productivity and impact the quality of care. The Rhapsody AXP solution automates public health reporting by enabling the highly secure and efficient interchange of medical data between organizations. Healthcare providers will utilize standards based transactions from the solution to quickly and accurately transmit and share data between public health agencies, partners, and healthcare information exchanges for improved disease monitoring and response.

Kathy English, director of Cisco Global Healthcare Solutions, notes the Rhapsody solution meets the demands for providers to both transmit reports as well as receive public health notifications in a simple and cost-effective manner. The Rhapsody® AXP utilizes global industry software and hardware open standards to ensure its integration into health information systems, remarked English

Paul Viskovich, Orion Health President of North America and EMEA, anticipates that smaller sites and remote clinics may find this version of Rhapsody particularly useful.

"Rhapsody AXP helps health facilities of any size to contribute to the national preparedness effort by streamlining and automating the process for data exchange using PHIN standards to report to the CDC," continued Mr. Viskovich.

Rhapsody AXP is designed to be deployed with minimal IT resources within a hospital's or clinic's existing reporting system. Cisco Integrated Services Routers with Cisco Application Extension Platform provide a robust and highly secure platform for transmitting and receiving healthcare data.

Rhapsody AXP formats the data and routes it within the hospital or clinic, and between organizations and across regions. This includes the Centers for Disease Control for data sharing and analysis, as well as the detection of patterns of common disease symptoms.

Rhapsody AXP uses standards-based technology to integrate data within a facility and between external partners taking advantage of existing IT investments and systems. Currently the company helps facilities and healthcare communities that connect 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users.

To learn more about or purchase the Rhapsody AXP solution, contact:
United States: +1 800 905 9151
Canada: +1 877 763 4666
United Kingdom: +44 0870 432 9580
Australia: +61 2 9965 3756
New Zealand: +64 9 638 0600

About Cisco Application Extension Platform
The Cisco AXP consists of open Linux-based Cisco ISR hardware modules for application development and hosting to support a tighter integration of the network and applications. Multiple off-the-shelf and custom applications are available today, along with a development and support ecosystem that includes a downloadable software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API) for application developers. For more information: http://www.cisco.com/go/axp

About Rhapsody® Integration Engine
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 Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco's Connected Health vision utilizes world-class solutions and technologies to support improving the quality of care through more effective communications and collaboration. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com/go/healthcare.

About Orion Health, Inc.
Orion Health globally, is a leading 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, ULA 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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