Orion Health Participates in Developing Accenture Nationwide Health Information Network Prototype

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Accenture-Led Consortium Shows Benefits of Nationwide Network Are Within Reach of U.S. Citizens and Healthcare Community

Orion Health}, a leading provider of clinical workflow and integration technology for the healthcare sector, today announced its role in the Consortium that developed a fully integrated health information system prototype. The http://www.accenture.com [Accenture solution

, which works with legacy clinical systems, is a significant step toward building an interoperable, standards-based network. Orion Health's Concerto Medical Applications Portal was selected as the clinical Web portal through which clinicians can search and view previously siloed information in a single view. Concerto seamlessly integrates data relevant to healthcare provider's daily tasks, such as patient history, laboratory reports and clinical notes.

The Accenture prototype shows that patient data can be extracted from disparate information systems and converted to a common language that enables sharing between physician offices, medical laboratories, hospitals and other clinical settings - offering a 'single view' of a patient's medical information. This approach, which allows the industry to build on existing investments in legacy provider systems, allows rapid implementation of a secure infrastructure to facilitate data sharing.    

In November 2005, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a contract to Accenture to lead the development of a prototype network for secure information sharing among healthcare communities in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, north-eastern Tennessee and south-western Virginia. This region has a wide variety of clinical systems among different provider organizations, much like the majority of the United States.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With approximately 146,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$16.65 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2006. Its home page is http://www.accenture.com.

About Orion Health

Orion Health's easy-to-use applications and tools integrate and enhance existing healthcare information systems and deliver secure, universal access to information. The innovative company delivers an end-to-end information technology (IT) integration platform that brings together clinical content to improve clinician effectiveness and the quality of patient care.

Worldwide, Orion Health is implementing health information communities involving over 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users. Orion's partners include leading health and IT vendors such as Oracle Corporation, Philips Medical Systems, LogicaCMG, Hewlett Packard, McKesson, and Sierra Systems. Orion also has more than 1,000 clients worldwide including Johns Hopkins Hospital, New York State Department of Health, Central Washington Hospital, US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and many more. More information can be found at http://www.orionhealth.com.

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