Orion Health wins Queensland integration contract with Rhapsody

Orion Health has won a tender to roll out its Rhapsody integration engine as a replacement for the legacy JCAPS-based middleware system used by Queensland Health.

The contract is the first step in an overhaul of Queensland's interoperability requirements, part of the 20-year health ICT strategy outlined by Health Minister Cameron Dick in September.

The strategy has a number of key components, one of which is to deliver better systems integration and interoperability. Queensland Health estimates that $130m of the overall $1.26 billion strategy will be needed for information interoperability and eHealth foundations alone.

Up to $30m of that will be needed for information interoperability to support sharing of information between Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) and other healthcare providers.

Mr Dick said in September that the strategy also addresses legacy system risks, eventually leading to the replacement of the ancient HBCIS patient administration system and the statewide pathology system.

Queensland Health is currently working on refining and confirming its requirements for the new integration engine along with the solution design and implementation approach.

Queensland Health CTO Colin McCririck and chief architect Brendon Kirby will take a co-design approach to the project with Orion Health and Fujitsu, which is providing implementation and change management services.

It expects to complete the first phase by June next year and begin the replacement after that.


Orion Health senior vice president for the Asia Pacific, Darren Jones, said Orion was pleased to be working with Fujitsu to deliver the first stage of Queensland Health’s future interoperability platform.

“Together we have a shared vision for a fully integrated statewide health system and Orion Health is excited to have the opportunity to provide the foundation for this with our Rhapsody solution,” Mr Jones said in a statement.

Rhapsody is used in a number of global markets to help simplify healthcare interoperability. It is able to support numerous protocols, languages and messaging systems including HL7, JavaScript and modern web services, and was the first in the world to build support for HL7's new FHIR standard.

It was recently chosen by the US Department of Defense to be the link its new EHR and civilian healthcare systems as part of the $US4.3bn Dim-sum project.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: Queensland Health, Orion Health

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