Orion Health Demonstrates Unrivalled Interoperability During ITK Proof of Concept Project

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Orion Health announced today that it has successfully implemented the new NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) standards published by Connecting for Health, by completing end-to-end testing of the Discharge Summary scenarios with eight vendors.

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As a healthcare integration specialist, one of the criteria we are often judged by is how quickly we can adapt to changes in healthcare policy and introduce support for emerging interoperability standards

Orion Health announced today that it has successfully implemented the new NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) standards published by Connecting for Health, by completing end-to-end testing of the Discharge Summary scenarios with eight vendors.

The Electronic Discharge Summary Proof of Concept culminated in Orion Health’s Concerto Portal and Rhapsody Integration Engine passing witness testing by Connecting for Health. The interoperability showcase took place from 29th - 31st March at three locations – two near Leeds and one within Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The testing involved creating discharge summaries and sending them via Rhapsody to a primary, community or social care system in the form of HL7 v3 CDA documents using web service standards released by Connecting for Health in early 2010. Orion Health was involved as a member of two of the five participating consortiums.

Orion Health is now focused on how it can help NHS Trusts rapidly and safely share clinical data through the ITK.

“As a healthcare integration specialist, one of the criteria we are often judged by is how quickly we can adapt to changes in healthcare policy and introduce support for emerging interoperability standards,” said Anne O’Hanlon, the ITK project lead for Orion Health. “Over three days, we successfully transmitted discharge summaries between nine clinical applications from eight vendors, proving that interoperability can be achieved rapidly with Orion Health technology even when the standards are brand new.”

“It’s clear that Rhapsody is the middleware layer of choice for NHS Trusts wishing to adopt the ITK,” said Simon Philpott, Orion Health’s Managing Director for UK & Ireland. “With drag-and-drop tools and rich monitoring screens, new interfaces can be implemented and tested in a matter of minutes or hours.”

Existing customers have been invited to see the ITK in action at the annual UK User Group to be held on 29th April.

Rhapsody’s clear and easy-to-use graphical interface enabled Worcestershire’s Senior Programmer, Gary McCormack, to implement the ITK interfaces with no hands-on help from Orion Health staff. “Our implementation of the ITK Proof of Concept is another example of Rhapsody’s flexibility. As has been the case with other projects within the Trust, we were able to build, test and deploy the Rhapsody ITK components using the current release version of Rhapsody (3.4) in a very tight timescale.”

Meanwhile at Orion Health’s UK headquarters in Reading, the same interfaces were implemented using the latest version of Rhapsody, which is expected to be released publically this summer. Rhapsody 4 provides high performance, standards-based healthcare integration with new features that make working with the ITK easier than ever.

“The ITK program provides a fresh approach to delivering interoperability within England. Orion Health is looking to support this initiative with greater targeted features in our upcoming release of Rhapsody,” said Rhapsody Product Manager, Paul de Bazin. Orion Health is about to launch the customer-evaluated beta program for the latest release with all existing customers being invited to participate.

About Orion Health Ltd:
Orion Health’s easy-to-use solutions 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™ 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 30 million patients with hundreds of thousands of active users including NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Spain’s IB Salut, South-Eastern Norwegian Regional Health Authority, New Zealand Ministry of Health, Canada Health Infoway and Alberta Health Services. Orion Health’s partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Logica, Oracle, Phillips, Accenture.

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