Orion Health wins contract for eHealth record in Northern Ireland

Auckland-based eHealth software vendor Orion Health has won a contract to implement an electronic care record across all public health providers in Northern Ireland.

The seven-year, $NZ18.5 million contract will see Orion's electronic care record (ECR) deployed in 18 acute and community hospitals, all GP practices, and in community, mental health and social care providers in the country, covering more than 1.8 million people.

Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae said the contract followed a successful proof of concept pilot of the ECR in Ulster Hospital Dundonald, the Belfast City Hospital and two general practices in 2009 and 2010.

“This involved 200 clinicians and more than 9000 patients and provided the business case for the full roll out of the ECR across [Health and Social Care Northern Ireland],” Mr McCrae said.

The ECR project includes the use of Orion's Clinical Portal, which allows secure, web-based access from a single browser to patient information for authorised health and social care professionals.

Orion Health is currently building the consumer and provider portals for Australia's PCEHR, due to launch on July 1, using this technology.

The ECR will include critical patient information, including latest lab results, patient medications, allergies and clinical correspondence, the company said in a statement. Audit tools and patient privacy controls have been built into the ECR to help ensure patient confidentiality.

In addition to the Clinical Portal, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI) will also implement Orion Health’s Rhapsody integration engine, its forms technology, patient portal and case management software to provide the underpinning technology framework for sharing information across multi-disciplinary teams.

Orion recently released version 5 of Rhapsody, which has undergone Compliance, Conformance and Accreditation (CCA) with NEHTA to support connections to the PCEHR.

The electronic care record system will sit on top of current HSCNI information systems to give health professionals a single window into key patient information, according to the NI ECR project website.

“This is a credible achievement being chosen to deliver such a strategic national-level project within Northern Ireland, and is further evidence that the creation of portals can provide a cost effective way to build electronic care records,” Mr McCrae said.

“It’s about preserving existing systems and providing a platform that allows information to be easily accessed and shared.”

The planned roll out will start in late 2012 with completion of the core elements anticipated by early summer 2013.

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