Orion Health Integration Improves Access to Meditech at Adena Health Systems

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Adena Health System selects Rhapsody® Integration Engine allowing for faster, transparent data-exchange and replacing time consuming and complex point-to-point integration.

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By adopting an integration strategy using Rhapsody, hospitals can achieve easy data exchange between systems with heavy licensing costs or the cost of adopting a completely new system.

Adena Health System, a leading regional healthcare facility in South Central Ohio, has selected the Orion Health™ Rhapsody® Integration Engine to upgrade and manage message exchanges from their Meditech® hospital information system. Implementing Rhapsody will allow for faster, transparent data-exchange and replace time consuming and complex point-to-point integration.

Meditech's information systems are a popular choice for hospitals because of their proven ability to handle data securely while providing complete assurance that clinical data is not lost. At Adena, prior to Rhapsody, this information was shared through point-to-point connections. Rhapsody is used to eliminate the need for point-to-point connections and therefore saving tremendously on cost and a high return on investment.

Marcus Bost, CIO at Adena Health Systems says Rhapsody has aided in transforming the Information Technology analysts job from being reactive to proactive.

"The engine's ability to work with our other applications and notify our analysts instantly when there is an issue allows us to react before clinicians and other employees have an opportunity to become aware of any problems. With Rhapsody, notifications are disseminated immediately upon the discovery of an issue which allows us to be proactive, and since the switch to Rhapsody, our interfaces have had a 99 percent uptime, helping eliminate undue problems for our staff."

Using Rhapsody, patient data sent through HL7 interfaces from Meditech can be manipulated and formatted in an easy manner, maximizing the storage of the data which allows for better viewing and reporting. Patient demographics, scheduling, and test-results data are just a few of the 20 interfaces at Adena Health that are currently using Rhapsody to exchange data with other applications ranging from cardiology to neonatal care.

Orion Health President North America and EMEA Paul Viskovich says Rhapsody helps to reduce costs by protecting hospital investments in existing information systems, such as Meditech.

"By adopting an integration strategy using Rhapsody, hospitals can achieve easy data exchange between systems with heavy licensing costs or the cost of adopting a completely new system."

By leveraging a single Meditech-created interface between the system and Rhapsody Integration Engine, Rhapsody becomes the central engine from which to integrate data from all systems. The Meditech database remains secure and can act as the central data repository for the system, extending its strong data handling characteristics across the institution.

Rhapsody's embedded high-performance message store provides optimal throughput with full auditing and traceability features, allowing administrators to monitor transaction specifics to enable troubleshooting and identification of data blocks.

About Orion Health™ Rhapsody® Integration Engine
Orion Health Rhapsody is a powerful integration engine that delivers advanced inter-system messaging capabilities to health sector organizations of all kinds. Rhapsody is designed for rapid, effortless installation and use, and enables quick accurate and efficient exchange of electronic data. For more information please see http://www.orionhealth.com/products.

About Adena Health System
Founded in 1895, Adena Health System is an independent, not-for-profit organization serving the needs of 500,000 people throughout 10 counties in south central Ohio. The System employs more than 2,000 people and features more than 100 partnered physicians in 28 practices who focus on a number of specialties.

Adena's Vision is to be the best healthcare system in the nation through innovation and a customer centered philosophy. Today, the system's family of facilities includes Adena Medical Center, Adena Greenfield Medical Center, and Adena Health Centers in Chillicothe, Jackson, Oak Hill and Waverly, Ohio. Services include acute care, emergency, diagnostic and treatment services, intensive/cardiac care, medical-surgical, inpatient rehabilitation, physical, occupation and speech therapies, home health, hospice, home respiratory and home infusion, outpatient counseling services.

In addition, Adena provides specialty services most normally reserved for larger-city hospitals through the System's Centers of Excellence, including open heart surgery and cardiac catheterization through the Adena Heart Center; cutting edge orthopedic surgeries including reverse shoulder, total joint replacement and minimally invasive spine through the Adena Bone & Joint Center; world-class cancer care close to home with the Adena Cancer Center and modern care for mother and child through Adena's Women's and Children's Center. For more information, log on to http://www.adena.org.

About Orion Health Inc.
Orion Health™ is a leading global 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, Vermont Health Information Exchange, 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.

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