Marion General Hospital Selects Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine to Enhance its State-of-the Art Technology Infrastruc

Orion Health Rhapsody Integration Engine helps Marion General create an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) by enabling physicians to electronically receive test results accurately, timely, and efficiently directly into their EMR systems.

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2007 -- Orion Health, a leading provider of clinical workflow and integration technology for the healthcare sector, announces that Marion General Hospital, the largest and most sophisticated hospital in a seven-county service area in Marion, Indiana, has selected Rhapsodyâ„¢ Integration Engine to upgrade and manage message exchanges from a proprietary system. Implementing Rhapsody allows for transparent data-exchange for its end-users while increasing productivity and enabling its physicians to continuing its top-notch quality of patient care.

Known for their state of the art technology and patient care, the IT team at Marion General needed a cost effective way to implement a new architecture without affecting its more than 1,300 employees. Operating a 125 bed facility, the technology upgrade was needed to ensure the hospital remained at the top of their game.

"Rhapsody has been a very welcomed addition to the cutting-edge technology that we pride our hospital on here in Marion," said David Carmichael, Application Specialist at Marion General.

Marion General Hospital was faced with a couple of challenges. One was how to reduce point-to-point interface costs between systems, and the other was how to be prepared for the many hospital to physician practice interface requests. With the sudden growth in Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption by physician practices, it is important for physicians to electronically receive test results accurately, timely, and efficiently directly into their EMR systems. This greatly improves patient care in the community.

"We looked at several interface engines with a goal to find one that was simple, easy to use, flexible, and did not require a dedicated advanced programmer to maintain it. That brought us in a partnership with Orion Health on their Rhapsody Interface Engine. Rhapsody's graphical user interface with its drag and drop functionality makes it easy for us to create and maintain our interfaces without advanced programming knowledge" Emmanuel Ndow, CIO at Marion General.

Marion General needed to provide messaging integration from their existing system that was transparent to its end users and physicians. Rhapsody enables healthcare organizations to seamlessly transfer information both internally and externally, without the need to replace existing information systems. When Rhapsody is fully implemented, it will provide Marion General a cost-effective, easy to use, easy to maintain solution for sharing data between systems.

"Rhapsody has given us a tool in IT that is extremely easy to use. This allows us to be more efficient and responsive to requests from our users for changes," says, Carmichael.

In addition to providing Marion General's IT staff with an upgraded level of messaging functionality, Rhapsody's mapping tool also allows for simplified coding and an easy interface.

"Marion General's focus on state of the art technology and dedication to it's patients makes it an honor that they have chosen Rhapsody to help improve the quality of their healthcare," says Paul Viskovich, Orion Health president, North American Operations.

A Best in KLAS solution, Rhapsody has been specifically designed to meet the present and future needs of health integration. The Rhapsody Engine manages and streamlines message exchange between hospital applications, databases and external systems for effortless integration. Rhapsody delivers an integration solution with the lowest cost of ownership and highest return on investment.

About Marion General

Marion General is a dedicated, qualified and professional hospital and auxiliary staff of more than 1,300, teamed with more than 100 physicians from multiple specialties to meet the healthcare needs of their community. Together, with a focus on 100-percent customer satisfaction, they work to fulfill their mission to be the first choice for healthcare services and to promote wellness in their region. Additional information about Marion General is available at

About Orion Health

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 healthcare information systems, Orion Health's Rhapsody integration engine, Concerto physician portal, and workflow solutions provide healthcare workers with easy access to patient data and trends, and reduce errors and omissions by streamlining information transfer.

Worldwide, Orion Health is implementing health information communities involving over 35 million patients with tens of thousands of active users including Maine's HealthInfoNet and the Vermont Health Information Exchange. Orion Health's partners include leading health system integrators and IT vendors such as Accenture, IBM, Oracle Corporation, Sierra Systems and others. Orion Health has more than 1,000 clients around the world, including Lahey Clinic, New York State Department of Health, UCLA Medical Center, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).. More information can be found at