Orion Health helps Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 
deliver an enhanced Electronic Patient Record

Reading 05 May 2010Orion Health, a provider of integration technology for the health care sector world-wide, has won a significant contract to deliver a future-proof solution at one of the United Kingdom's largest NHS Foundation Trusts. The project at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will integrate Orion Health's solution while keeping existing IT systems in place, allowing for the timely delivery of a considerably richer Electronic Patient Record. Orion Health, in partnership with Initiate and Oracle, will help the Trust by delivering concise patient data to clinical users enabling them to make more informed decisions and improve quality of care.


Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest geographical trusts in England and one of the North East's biggest health care employers, appointed Orion Heath to implement a two-phased Clinical Integration Framework. The solution from Orion Health will mitigate duplication of records and ensure patient demographics are complete, accurate and consistent in the Trust's major clinical systems, improving patient care and operating efficiency.

The two phase project is already under way and due to be completed by mid 2010. Phase 1, which started in October 2009, involved the implementation of Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine. This stage provides the Trust with a fully-integrated landscape that supports their information strategy, providing a basis for improved data quality and integrity. In addition, an Enterprise Master Patient Index (cEMPI), will assist with data cleansing as well as enabling the Trust to leverage new work flow processes that will ensure that data quality is not degraded in the future.

Phase 2 will involve the introduction of the Concerto Clinical Portal, which will provide a single patient view to allow clinicians to access a complete patient record. The enhanced record view will consist of data from all relevant sources, focusing initially on those systems that deliver the most clinical benefit. The Trust will gain from clinical efficiencies including reduced clinic preparation and consultation times, greater clinical engagement and better patient safety and confidentiality.

Bob Telford, Deputy Director of Finance at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, stated: "Orion Health's solution works with our existing applications so this will be a very cost-effective and time efficient way of upgrading our systems. This will streamline our Electronic Patient Record; when something works well, staff engage with it more and use it properly. This solution will help us move away from paper-based records in an effective way that will also benefit patients. The phased approach put forward by Orion Health means we can be sure that the first element of the programme is working effectively before embarking on the next stage."

Charles Scatchard, Orion Health's President of International, stated: "It's great to be working with a prestigious Trust such as Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. We have a strong track record in delivering large scale, transformational solutions to health care institutions who want to take information systems to the next level. We will deliver a progressive programme that will ultimately drive process change, improvement and better clinical outcomes."

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest health care employers in the North East, with over 6000 staff working in 10 hospitals throughout Northumberland and North Tyneside. Northumbria serves a population of half a million people. The Trust manages three general hospitals in North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham and seven community hospitals situated in Berwick, Alnwick, Rothbury, Haltwhistle, Blyth, Morpeth and Wallsend.

Over the past year (2007/08) the Trust has dealt with more than 160.000 patients through Accident and Emergency departments and Minor Injuries Units (MIU) within their hospital network, almost 300.000 outpatient appointments and admitted over 100.000 patients to hospital.

Northumbira Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has had Foundation Trust status since August 2006 and this has enabled the Trust to have greater control to respond to the needs of the local community. This Trust remains fully integrated within the NHS being inspected by the Healthcare Commission and overseen by the independent regulator, Monitor. Governors represent the eight constituencies the Trust covers and the public are invited to become members of the Trust.

A single sign-on clinical portal, Concerto connects multiple health information systems to provide a unified view of patient data across a department, facility, Trust, region or even a nation. Through its user-friendly graphical interface, Concerto allows clinicians to present data to patients in order to better explain, inform and share health records securely and reliably. Improved access to information allows staff to make better clinical decisions leading to improved health care and better health outcomes.

Rhapsody is a powerful integration engine that delivers advanced inter-system messaging capabilities to health organisations 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.

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 health care information systems, Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine, Concerto Clinical Portal, and work flow solutions provide health care workers with easy access to patient data and trends, and reduce errors and omissions by streamlining information transfer.

Worldwide, Orion Health solutions have been implemented in health information communities involving over 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users. Orion Health's partners include health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, IBM, LogicaCMG, Fujitsu, Oracle Corporation, Initiate and others. Orion Health has more than 1000 clients around the world, including the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Alberta Health Services, New South Wales Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, Maine HealthInfoNet, New Zealand Ministry of Health and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More company news is available in the VMW August 2007 article Spanish University Hospital to pilot Mobile Clinical Assistant with Intel, Oracle and Orion Health.

Source: Orion Health

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