Emergency Department Surveillance Data Exchanged with Rhapsody® Connect

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The Arkansas Department of Health has selected Orion Health Rhapsody® Connect for Public Health to be deployed at four pilot site hospitals for reporting of CSTE-defined reportable cases and influenza case reports.

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We also predict an increase in our effectiveness in treating people who are infected, and preventing new cases of disease when we find out about a case as soon as possible.

The Arkansas Department of Health has selected Orion Health Rhapsody® Connect for Public Health to be deployed at four pilot site hospitals for reporting of CSTE-defined reportable cases and influenza case reports. Other public health case reports, eventually more than 80, will be subsequently provided, based on an implementation schedule outlined by Arkansas. The goal of this project is to improve case completeness and timeliness of cases reported to ADH. For this pilot project, the ADH has recruited Jefferson Regional Medical Center, St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center, St. Bernards Medical Center and Baptist Health Medical Center.

The Arkansas Department of Health has been using the Rhapsody Integration Engine since 2002 and recognized the advantage of deploying Rhapsody Connect as an additional resource providing health workers across the state a better picture of patient health and providing clinical decision making data to help them improve healthcare response and patient outcomes.

Jim Files, Epidemiology Surveillance Section Chief with the Arkansas Department of Health, says “We expect to see a significant increase in the timeliness and accuracy of data collected from health organizations across the state. By automating this process, we will be able to eliminate the heavy burden of manual reporting by health care providers at city, county and regional levels to better respond to the health needs of our state’s residents.”

“We also predict an increase in our effectiveness in treating people who are infected, and preventing new cases of disease when we find out about a case as soon as possible,” continued Mr. Files.

Messages from hospital systems, electronic medical records (EMRs) and laboratory systems are routed to Rhapsody Connect, which filters and maps the data, converting it to the specified format, and validating it before securely transmitting it to the designated public health agency. Rhapsody Connect provides built-in support for existing and emerging national standards and provides a toolkit that is configurable and extensible to support future public health initiatives.

Paul Viskovich, President Orion Health North America and EMEA, says “Freeing up physician time for reporting public health information means they have more time to treat patients. Rhapsody Connect is standards-based and interoperable with multiple formats which is critical as healthcare facilities look to adhere to the new interoperability specifications for electronic health records, data exchange and architecture recently laid out by the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.”

Rhapsody® Connect for Public Health helps healthcare organizations meet local, state and federal public health reporting requirements by improving the accuracy and timeliness of transmitting public health data with minimal impact on healthcare provider or IT resources. Rhapsody Connect is the only solution designed specifically for healthcare organizations to provide fast and secure data transfer, customized for the unique and diverse public health reporting requirements such as laboratory test results, case reports, bios-surveillance, and immunization reports like the H1N1 influenza response.

More than 45 states across the United States are using Orion Health integration technology to improve nation-wide data collection and tracking of reportable diseases making it one of the most widely adopted integration platform used by public health departments.

Rhapsody is the primary integration product for a number of programs administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) such as the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) Message Subscription Service (MSS) and BioSense.

Orion Health will be exhibiting at the annual HIMSS conference in Atlanta, Georgia March 1– 4 2010, booth 1911.

About Orion Health™ Rhapsody® Connect Software
Rhapsody Connect provides the ability to automate reporting with fast, secure transmission to public health agencies, HIEs, RHIOs, and other trading partners, while decreasing demand on healthcare professionals and IT resources. Messages from hospital or laboratory systems are routed to Rhapsody Connect, which filters and maps the data, as required, before providing secure transmission. Data sent from Rhapsody Connect would adhere to national standards already established or under development (e.g. HL7 ELR messages, public health case report, BioSense minimum data set, etc.).

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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