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First South African hospital implements Orion’s Rhapsody Integration Engine

Orion Health : 08 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre (EHHC) in Durban, South Africa, is implementing Orion Health’s Rhapsody Integration Engine to build and manage interfaces between their clinical information systems.
EHHC is a brand new state-of-the-art facility due to open mid 2008. The hospital has seven operating theatres, 250 beds and an entire floor dedicated to a cardiac centre of excellence. It is the first major hospital user of the Rhapsody Integration Engine in South Africa.

The Rhapsody Integration Engine manages and streamlines message exchange between EHHC’s hospital applications, databases and external systems for simplified and more economic integration.

“We chose Rhapsody because it was already proven as an integration tool for GE Healthcare applications, and offered us the flexibility to add new interfaces as we need them,” said Adhikar Nagessur, IT project manager at EHHC.

The integration programme is a joint project by EHHC, Orion Health and Pretoria-based Waymark InfoTech. The project includes integration between the SAP-based Hospital Information System and clinical systems provided by GE Healthcare, including Critical Care, Anaesthesia, Carddas Cardiology, RIS/PACS for Radiology, as well as CKS Pharmacy, Lancet Laboratory and Digital Operating Rooms by both Storz (Endocrinology) and Smith and Nephew (Orthopaedics).

Most messaging between systems is being accomplished using internationally developed Health Level Seven (HL7) 2.1 and 2.5 protocols.

Waymark Infotech, Orion Health’s local partner in South Africa is managing the systems integration component of the project. As this is the first installation of its sort in the country, Waymark in conjunction with Orion Health are involved in the actual implementation.

The full integration framework was developed in under two weeks; emphasising the comprehensiveness and ease of use of Rhapsody.

“From the moment the client was shown Rhapsody, they immediately realised the power of a health integration engine. The product literally sold itself,” said Ricardo Kettledas, business development manager: Health for Waymark Infotech.

“As South Africa continues to invest in better healthcare provision, information technology will play an increasingly important role for clinicians and patients,” said Ed Percy, chief technology officer EMEA for Orion Health. “These IT projects will require easy-to-use integration tools such as Rhapsody, and Orion Health is excited to be part of this evolution alongside Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre and Waymark.”
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