Caradigm platform to integrate Orion Health HIE capabilities

March 27, 2013 in Medical Technology

Caradigm, the joint health IT venture formed by Microsoft and GE Healthcare, announced Wednesday that it will integrate health information exchange technology from Orion Health into its analytics platform.

Officials say the addition of data exchange capabilities to the cloud-based Caradigm Intelligence Platform and its accompanying suite of apps will offer healthcare organizations the ability to gain insights from data aggregated from disparate systems across the healthcare community, helping them tackle issues such as payment reform, patient engagement, population health and more.

“Together, Orion Health and Caradigm are addressing an unmet need in the market for an extensible, end-to-end solution that combines market-leading health information exchange capabilities, near real-time data aggregation and a growing ecosystem of innovative, data-driven applications,” Mark Johnston, Caradigm’s vice president of platform solutions, tells Healthcare IT News.

Orion’s HIE data will help spur development of new apps for Caradigm’s platform, aimed at addressing customer needs in the areas of decision support and quality improvement.

The platform-as-a-service model, offering exchange and aggregation of clinical, financial and administrative data, from both HIEs and other IT systems, “is designed to significantly simplify the implementation and operation of the platform and applications for organizations that have smaller IT departments,” says Johnston.

“Platform as a service will increasingly play a role in the health information exchange market as vendors add value-added services, such as analytics, care management and consumer engagement tools,” said Lynne Dunbrack, program director, Connected Health IT Strategies at IDC Health Insights, in a press statement.

“This will be especially evident as HIE vendors build out their technology portfolios to target the burgeoning accountable care market and update solution offerings for healthcare providers that are building out their ACO capabilities,” she added.

Under the agreement, Orion Health will act as a referral partner for the Caradigm Intelligence Platform and the integrated technology in the U.S., and as a reseller and services provider for the platform, as well as the Caradigm Identity and Access Management tools, in certain territories outside of the U.S. That IAM suite includes provisioning, single sign-on and context management technologies. Caradigm, meanwhile, will resell Orion Health HIE under the Caradigm brand and promote the integrated solution to health systems in the U.S.

[See also: GE, Microsoft launch new health IT company]

In an interview last year with Healthcare IT News, Caradigm CEO Michael J. Simpson emphasized the worldwide reach of Caradigm’s mission.

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