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Orion Health shares clinical data across 35 wards in Lancashire NHS Trust

Orion Health : 22 October, 2007  (New Product)
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust (WWL) in the UK has rapidly deployed a Trust-wide clinical workstation system using Orion Health's Clinical Integration Framework.
The implementation, testing and go-live of the solution was undertaken by a joint team from WWL and Orion Health over the course of just three months, from April to July 2007. The system is live across all WWL sites and full enterprise roll-out is continuing.

The clinical workstation at WWL provides secure access to a unified view of electronic patient information across the Trust, and is currently in use in 35 wards, with around 1,000 registered users and up to 100 users accessing the system at any time.

The deployment of Orion Health's Concerto clinical portal is a key step in WWL's long-term ICT strategy to become a ‘future-enabled’ trust. Concerto provides the user interface for the web-based clinical workstation that can be used by clinical staff across all WWL's sites, as well as in primary care settings.

“Concerto provided an extremely flexible framework for this project,” said Tony Rich, head of IM&T at WWL. “Concerto made migration and integration of data very simple, and allowed us to implement, test and roll out the clinical workstation very rapidly. In addition, the Orion Health architecture has provided us with a solid foundation on which we can easily add new functionality and integrate with other clinical systems over time to meet the rapidly growing needs of the Trust.”

“Because Concerto is browser-based, it has zero footprint on client machines, and allows WWL to quickly add new data and order sets as we expand the clinical workstation into the future.”

The clinical workstation currently offers access to lab results, ability to create TTO discharge summaries, and access to referrals. 100 medical secretaries at the Trust are using the workstation to create clinic letters.

The next planned phase of roll-out of the workstation is to make the portal available to local GP practices during 2007, who will be given role-based access to clinical data about their patients. This will provide GPs with a composite view of patient information from both the acute and primary care settings.

Among specific plans for next 12 months include the deployment of a rapid patient discharge tool, electronic drug boards for prescribing and dispensing on the ward, pilot of selected workstation functions on handheld devices.
WWL also use Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine for electronic clinical messaging between information systems.

Orion Health's Clinical Integration Framework is a software platform for creating integrated electronic health records across organisations and regions of all sizes. The Framework enhances an organisation's existing I.T. infrastructure, and combines seamless user-facing access to data with advanced integration of back-end systems.

Orion Health will be demonstrating the Clinical Integration Framework at Booth 400 at the World of Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Vienna, Austria, 22 to 24 October, 2007.
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