Rhapsody Integration Engine Expands NHS Trust Connectivity; Orion Health Technology to Link Systems at Seven More English Hospitals

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English healthcare organization links together internal hospital information systems for ready access to patient data. Information such as radiology reports from their newly implemented Radiology Information System (RIS) can now be easily transferred to local GPs and into the Trust's Graphnet Electronic Patient Record by using Orion Health Rhapsody™ Integration Engine.

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We believe that Rhapsody Integration Engine is proving popular because it puts control of interfacing back into the hands of the Trusts. This is allowing Trusts to be compliant with the requirements of Connecting for Health while achieving their own local ICT aims.

Orion Health Limited, a leading provider of integration and clinical workflow technology to the health sector, was pleased to announce today that Rhapsody™ Integration Engine continues to be adopted at a rapid rate by NHS Trusts in England, answering the need to link together internal hospital systems as well as interface to systems deployed under NHS Connecting for Health.

In the past three months, Rhapsody has been adopted or deployed by three acute NHS Trusts representing altogether seven hospital sites, 11,300 staff and more than one million patients.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust have both adopted Rhapsody as a Trust Integration Engine. In addition, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has recently completed deployment of Rhapsody to manage integration to their LSP supplied systems.

"Within our facilities, we plan to use Rhapsody to connect multiple hospital systems, including PAS, Pathology, PACS, Pharmacy and Radiology," explained Salim Badat, IMT Programme Manager at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. "We adopted Rhapsody based on positive references from existing users and a lower overall cost of ownership."

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has implemented Rhapsody to provide inter-system messaging across critical clinical systems including the iPM Patient Administration System (PAS) provided under Connecting for Health, CRIS Radiology, Results Reporting, Pathology and local clinical databases. Rhapsody is currently processing 6,500 PAS messages daily in Northampton.

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust (RJAH) is using Rhapsody to transfer radiology reports from their newly implemented Radiology Information System (RIS) to local GPs and into the Trust's Graphnet Electronic Patient Record. RJAH selected Rhapsody based on its ease of use, and anticipates that Rhapsody will provide the Trust with improved information reporting and the ability to support interfacing needs locally.

"Delivery timeframes for Connecting for Health systems remain uncertain, and we see NHS Trusts increasingly looking for tools that help them with their immediate integration needs, both for internal ICT projects and National Programme initiatives," said Simon Philpott, Director UK and Ireland for Orion Health.

"We believe that Rhapsody Integration Engine is proving popular because it puts control of interfacing back into the hands of the Trusts. This is allowing Trusts to be compliant with the requirements of Connecting for Health while achieving their own local ICT aims."

About East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust operates four main hospital sites: Royal Blackburn Hospital , Burnley General Hospital , Rossendale Hospital and Pendle Hospital. As one of the largest and busiest hospital trusts in the North West each year we treat approximately 456,000 outpatients and 97,000 inpatient and daycase patients. We employ over six and a half thousand staff including many clinical staff with a national, and in some cases international, reputation. The Trust provides a broad range of adult and children's services including: orthopaedics; general surgery; special surgery (e.g. ear, nose and throat surgery); urology; acute medicine such as cardiology, diabetes, respiratory medicine and elderly care; as well as Accident and Emergency Services.

About Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Northampton General Hospital is a medium-sized district general hospital, located close to the centre of the town of Northampton. We serve a local population of 360,000, and have more than 600 beds and 14 operating theatres. As a recognised cancer centre, we provide specialist care to a catchment population of 880,000, and were chosen by the Department of Health as one of four pilots aiming to deliver shorter waiting times for patients with cancer. We have received national, regional and local recognition for the services we provide, including awards for cleanliness and catering services, national nursing awards, regional awards for promoting inclusion and good practice, development of new and changing roles and inter-professional learning, plus national awards for excellence in communications.

About Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust is an NHS hospital specialising primarily in bone and joint disorders, with specific additional areas of expertise including spinal disorders and metabolic disorders affecting muscular development. The Trust provides elective orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal medical services. It is committed to providing the best possible care, training and research to benefit the people of England, Wales and beyond. It also provides some local hospital services for the communities in and around Oswestry.

About Orion Health
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, Orion Health's Rhapsody integration engine, Concerto clinical 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 is implementing health information communities involving over 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users. Orion Health's partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, IBM, Oracle Corporation and others. Orion Health has more than 1,000 clients around the world, including University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the Ministry Of Health And Consumer Protection of the Balearic Islands (IB-Salut), the Ministry of Health of Valencia, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More information can be found at http://www.orionhealth.com.

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