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Small to Mid-Sized Hospitals Turn to Orion Health to Implement Health IT Solutions for Improved Patient Care and Outcomes
Date:2/17/2010

A recent HIMSS study has found that the vast majority of small to mid-sized U.S. hospitals surveyed plan to increase their health IT spending in 2010—with much of that spending going toward point-of-care systems and systems for managing clinical data. U.S. hospitals and health care networks are using solutions from Orion Health for these point-of-care and data management functions.

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2010 -- A recent HIMSS study has found that the vast majority of small to mid-sized (100-400 bed) U.S. hospitals surveyed plan to increase their health IT spending in 2010—with much of that spending going toward point-of-care systems and systems for managing clinical data.

U.S. hospitals and health care networks, including Mt. Ascutney Hospital, the Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative (WWRHCC), and the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council (CCSNPC) are using solutions from Orion Health for these point-of-care and data management functions. Using Orion Health systems, these hospitals have been able to improve healthcare and ultimately health outcomes.

Paul Viskovich, President Orion Health North America and EMEA says, “As a result of the increase in e-medical record systems, hospitals are bracing themselves for a tidal wave of clinical data over the next two years. Orion Health technology is allowing hospitals to create healthcare information exchanges (HIEs) that leverage this online clinical data and maximize existing partnerships to improve access to and efficiency of healthcare services.”

Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council (CCSNPC) selected the Orion Health™ Rhapsody® Integration Engine to build the Chatham County HIE Pilot to serve more than 250,000 people in the Southeast Coastal Georgia County. CCSNPC’s goal is to address the health care needs of the uninsured and underinsured through ongoing collaboration and evaluation. The Orion Health HIE solution creates an infrastructure that allows for secure electronic exchange of health information among Chatham County care providers.

Said Paula Reynolds, MD, MPH, CCSNPC Executive Director, “CCSNPC membership is committed to improving our infrastructure through technology. Orion Health provides an end-to-end solution that implements a word class, complete HIE infrastructure, scalable to our Pilot Project needs, but capable of expansion to grow with our communities’ needs.”

Both rural healthcare organizations, Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont and Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative in Washington State are using Orion Health Concerto Physician Portal for a complete, unified view of patient data for physicians and staff across multiple locations.

Mt. Ascutney employs Orion Health technology to integrate physician’s workflow and patient information into a single system. Orion Health Concerto Portal makes patient information available to physicians and staff both in the hospital and in four outside locations. Physicians can also graphically view data elements as charts and graphs to easily spot trends and show patients the impact of trends, such as blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

“Our physicians can provide better care because they have the data to understand the bigger picture and can see the information in a way that’s easy to digest,” says Glenn H. Thornton, Analyst, Mt. Ascutney Hospital. “The problem with our old system was that doctors spent too much time looking for information on their patients. The new system, based on Orion Health saves time and gives the doctor more complete information, and in some cases, that could mean the difference between life and death. The additional information allows our staff to make better clinical decisions, which leads to improved healthcare and ultimately better health outcomes.”

Western Washington Rural Health Care Collaborative uses Concerto to connect eight remote counties of Washington State to share resources and patient data across nine federally designated critical access hospitals (CAHs). The Web portal provides physicians at rural health clinics or private offices with information about their patients. Consulting physicians traveling to these rural areas will also be able to view information prior to the onsite consultation.

Said Elizabeth Floersheim, Executive Director for WWRHCC, “We expect to achieve time savings by eliminating the need to individually look up information for each patient. Because all of the patient information is available in one place we will improve accuracy. We’ll be able to deliver medication faster since the Concerto portal includes a messaging system that allows the pharmacists to send messages to nurses on the floor telling them when the medication is ready for their patients. And more accurate information will help us improve patient care and safety.”

If attending HIMSS 2010 in Atlanta, March 1-4th, please come visit the Orion Health booth, Exhibition Hall #1911 to learn more about our clinical workflow and integration technology solutions that allow the use of data to improve health outcomes for electronic health records (EHR).

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 www.orionhealth.com/products.

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 www.orionhealth.com/products.

About Orion Health Inc.
Orion Health™ 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, 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.

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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