Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Chooses Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine to Help Track Animal Disease

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Automated reporting and integrated data will help TVMDL contribute to the USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for proactive monitoring of livestock for the prevention of deadly and economically damaging disease.

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Integrating this volume of data manually would simply not be possible. Rhapsody enables us to ensure quality data can be quickly accessed by those who need it, without undue constraints on staff or expensive proprietary software.

Orion Health, a leading provider of clinical workflow and integration technology for the healthcare sector, announces that Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) has selected Rhapsody™ Integration Engine to integrate laboratory data from multiple facilities regarding animal health for improved tracking and analysis of animal disease.

Automated reporting and integrated data will help TVMDL contribute to the USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for proactive monitoring of livestock for the prevention of deadly and economically damaging disease.

"As one of the busiest veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the world, we receive more than 160,000 cases per year, with each case containing detailed data," said Brandon L. Theis, Senior Lead Software Applications Developer, at TVMDL.

"Integrating this volume of data manually would simply not be possible. Rhapsody enables us to ensure quality data can be quickly accessed by those who need it, without undue constraints on staff or expensive proprietary software."

At its two major locations in College Station and Amarillo, Texas, TVMDL performs diagnostic testing for thousands of veterinary hospitals and clinics in Texas and throughout the country. Two poultry labs in Center and Gonzales, Texas, serve the poultry industry through disease surveillance and diagnostic testing.

"Rhapsody helps laboratories like TVMDL overcome the challenges inherent in managing huge volumes of data in multiple formats. Faster and more accurate data integration could mean a faster response if an outbreak like mad cow, Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza occurs," says Paul de Bazin, Rhapsody general manager, Orion Health.

"By focusing on performance and standards, we're able to ensure our solution is an easy choice for this type of implementation."

The US livestock and food sectors, which account for $100 billion in annual cash receipts annually, are under continual threat by widespread or limited outbreaks of foreign or uncontrolled animal disease. Since 2002, those assets have been protected by the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), created through the cooperation of CSREES, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. The NAHLN coordinates the veterinary diagnostic laboratory capacity of state animal health laboratories and their extensive infrastructure -- facilities, equipment, and professional expertise. More information can be found at: USDA

A Best in KLAS solution, Rhapsody has been specifically designed to meet the present and future needs of health integration. The Rhapsody Engine manages and streamlines message exchange between hospital applications, databases and external systems for effortless integration. Rhapsody delivers an integration solution with the lowest cost of ownership and highest return on investment.

About the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab
The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (TVMDL) provide a service to the animal industries of Texas in the form of diagnostic laboratory tests on specimens from live or dead animals, permitting prompt, accurate, and cost effective diagnosis so that sick animals may be treated, preventative measures established and epizootics prevented. In addition, the laboratories facilitate commerce of livestock by providing tests required for international, intrastate or interstate shipment of animals. The laboratories also identify disease outbreaks and issue appropriate warnings. Research to improve existing or development of new diagnostic tests, as well as studying new or unusual diseases, is ongoing. The College Station laboratory performs the necessary tests to detect illegal drugs in horses and dogs racing in events where pari-mutuel wagering occurs, as well as in animals entering certain livestock shows. More information regarding TVMDL can be found at tvmdlweb.tamu.edu

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 including Maine's HealthInfoNet and the Vermont Health Information Exchange. Orion Health's partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, IBM, Oracle Corporation, Sierra Systems and others. Orion Health has more than 1,000 clients around the world, including Lahey Clinic, New York State Department of Health, UCLA Medical Center, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).. More information can be found at http://www.orionhealth.com.

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