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Orion Health helps to expand NHS Trust connectivity

Orion Health : 15 August, 2007  (New Product)
Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine continues to be rapidly adopted by NHS Trusts in England and is meeting the need to link together internal hospital systems as well as interface to systems deployed under the NHS Connecting for Health iniative.
In the past three months, Rhapsody has been adopted or deployed by three acute NHS Trusts representing altogether seven hospital sites, 11,300 staff and more than one million patients.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust have both adopted Rhapsody as a Trust Integration Engine. In addition, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has recently completed deployment of Rhapsody to manage integration to their LSP supplied systems.

“Within our facilities, we plan to use Rhapsody to connect multiple hospital systems, including PAS, Pathology, PACS, Pharmacy and Radiology,” explained Salim Badat, IMT programme manager at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. “We adopted Rhapsody based on positive references from existing users and a lower overall cost of ownership.”

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust has implemented Rhapsody to provide inter-system messaging across critical clinical systems including the iPM Patient Administration System (PAS) provided under Connecting for Health, CRIS Radiology, Results Reporting, Pathology and local clinical databases. Rhapsody is currently processing 6,500 PAS messages daily in Northampton.

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust (RJAH) is using Rhapsody to transfer radiology reports from their newly implemented Radiology information system (RIS) to local GPs and into the Trust's Graphnet Electronic Patient Record. RJAH selected Rhapsody based on its ease of use, and anticipates that Rhapsody will provide the Trust with improved information reporting and the ability to support interfacing needs locally.

“Delivery timeframes for Connecting for Health systems remain uncertain, and we see NHS Trusts increasingly looking for tools that help them with their immediate integration needs, both for internal ICT projects and National Programme initiatives,” said Simon Philpott, director UK and Ireland for Orion Health.

“We believe that Rhapsody Integration Engine is proving popular because it puts control of interfacing back into the hands of the Trusts. This is allowing Trusts to be compliant with the requirements of Connecting for Health while achieving their own local ICT aims.”

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