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Sunnybrook hospital bolsters connected health with Orion technology

Iain Morris
June 4, 2014
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is to replace a legacy technology platform with a new system from Orion Health as it looks to provide better connectivity services throughout the hospital and improve patient healthcare.

Orion (Santa Monica, CA, USA) claims the use of its Rhapsody-branded “integration engine” will allow Sunnybrook (Toronto, Canada) to integrate a number of internal and external systems, increase network visibility and streamline processes to improve patient care.

“The healthcare industry continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace,” said Oliver Tsai, the director of information technology for Sunnybrook.

“The Rhapsody integration engine is robust technology that has helped us easily transition to a customized, easy-to-use and better-connected health system.”

“The value of the improved connectivity is huge, as we can better care for patients and engage them further in their own healthcare,” he added.

The use of Rhapsody should allow Sunnybrook to better manage the millions of messages that get sent across its network every month, and the technology has also been designed to support interoperability between disparate IT systems, says Orion.

Integration engines are typically used to support more efficient and effective access to clinical data, and Rhapsody comes with a variety of customizable features so that hospitals can upgrade their legacy systems more easily.

“We're seeing a shift in the Canadian healthcare system, especially when it comes to acquiring data,” said Gary Folker, country manager for Orion Health Canada. “Facilities like Sunnybrook are recognizing that an effective integration engine like Rhapsody will allow them to not only update systems today, but essentially help to future-proof their organizations and continue to evolve alongside the healthcare system.”
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