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Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine Powers Vermont's HIE

January 31, 2014

Orion Health, a global, privately-owned health software organization, announced that it has signed an agreement with Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) to incorporate its Rhapsody Integration Engine into the Vermont Health Information Exchange (HIE) which is running on Medicity's HIE solution.

According to a release, VITL is the exclusive operator of the Vermont Health Information Exchange (HIE).

Orion Health added that VITL has connected thirteen of Vermont's fourteen hospitals to the Vermont HIE, as well as three hospitals in neighboring states that provide services to Vermont patients. There are 162 Vermont physician practices participating in the exchange, receiving and sending clinical data from the electronic health record (EHR) systems. Each month, the Vermont HIE processes more than 2.5 million clinical messages, such as lab test results, radiology and other transcribed reports, and clinical data summaries.

"By incorporating Rhapsody Integration Engine into our HIE, we have significantly improved our ability to onboard new providers, which can now be done in days versus months," said Michael Gagnon, Chief Technology Officer, VITL. "Rhapsody also adds to our technical strengths and integration capabilities, while delivering a better integration experience for clients. In addition, the Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine exceeded our requirements for reliability, scalability, ease of use, monitoring, alerting, and short learning curve perspective."

"Many healthcare software vendors, HIEs, as well as our own state HIE customers use Rhapsody to provide integration between the various disparate clinical and financial systems that are deployed across these geographies and we're pleased that VITL has chosen our solution," said Harish Panchal, Vice President, Orion Health. "When Rhapsody is coupled or embedded into third party vendor product offerings, the combined solution offers fast and flexible integration capabilities eliminating custom development."

For software vendor partners, Orion Health noted Rhapsody assists them to:

-Provide their own customers with automated meaningful use (MU) compliant integration capabilities;

-Develop, maintain and manage interface farms in their software as a service (SaaS) environments;

-Focus development resources on their core products versus manual self-development of custom interfaces; and,

-Standardize their enterprise integration strategy based on MU certified and United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registered commercial integration engine and healthcare service bus.

Orion Health has over 1000 installations of Rhapsody worldwide. In the U.S., Rhapsody is used by software vendors in both SaaS/ Cloud computing and traditional embedded via onsite deployments.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) is a non-profit organization that manages Vermont's health information exchange.

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