Orion Health Plays Key Role in U.S. Disease Tracking

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More than 45 state health departments across the U.S. are now using Orion Health technology to help improve nation-wide early detection and rapid response for potentially catastrophic infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

More than 45 state health departments across the U.S. are now using technology from software developer Orion Health, (http://www.orionhealth.com ), to help improve nation-wide early detection and rapid response for potentially catastrophic infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies are urging state departments of health to strengthen their emergency preparedness, response and health tracking systems to provide access to information that could be important in an emergency response or in trend analysis of health patterns.

Orion Health's off-the shelf software, Rhapsody™ Integration Engine, (http://www.orionhealth.com/products/rhapsody/ ), is helping to ease the pressure on healthcare organizations by streamlining the task of processing hundreds of thousands of pieces of health data. Data is collected daily from thousands of different patients with a variety of health conditions, including swine flu.

Rhapsody increases the accuracy and speed with which healthcare organizations can collect reportable data from disparate systems. Each day, Rhapsody processes thousands of these messages, then it securely delivers them to public health agencies using Orion Health's PHINMS Public Health Information Messaging Service.

The software makes it easy for state workers to automatically feed data into the CDC's nationwide disease surveillance systems, to create reports, and provide health officers at the local, regional and national levels with access to information that could be important to an emergency response.

In 27 states, Rhapsody is also used as part of the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), a CDC initiative that promotes the use of data and information system standards to advance the development of efficient, integrated, and interoperable surveillance systems at federal, state and local levels and is a major component of the Public Health Information Network (PHIN).

Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae stated, "The U.S. healthcare system is an acknowledged leader in understanding the need for improved public health surveillance supporting secure and timely exchange of information from clinicians and laboratories to the public health community for trend analysis and disease intervention.

"Rhapsody is providing the mechanism for state departments of health to collect data from medical laboratories state-wide and share data to support the nation's public health needs and for early detection and rapid response to potentially catastrophic infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies such as the swine flu and avian influenza.

"This type of integration and automated messaging was not previously possible as the cost and effort to port the data into one location was too great. The laboratory information must be transmitted securely, with full privacy protection, into a specific format, an HL7 message, which is typically not the format it is received in. The accuracy and timeliness of this data are essential to the early detection of a bioterrorism attack or pandemic health issue," said Mr. McCrae.

Rhapsody's ability to integrate data from virtually any legacy data source, to normalise it into a standard HL7 message, and to feed it into a preferred viewing or management system has made it popular with hospitals as well as government organizations. Rhapsody serves as the integrator for electronic health records (EHRs) in recognized e-health programs around the globe.

About Rhapsody™ Integration Engine
Rhapsody is a powerful integration engine that delivers advanced inter-system messaging capabilities to health organizations of all kinds. Rhapsody is designed for rapid, effortless installation and use, and enables quick, accurate, and efficient exchange of electronic data to populate electronic health records.

About Orion Health Ltd.
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 has been implemented in 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 the New Zealand Ministry of Health, Auckland District Health Board, HealthAlliance, New South Wales, UCLA (USA), and Alberta Health Services (Canada). More information can be found at http://www.orionhealth.com.

Concerto™ and Rhapsody ™ are trademarks of Orion Health Ltd. Other names used are trademarks of their respective owners.

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