An announcement was made by Orion Health, Inc. and Cisco regarding the Rhapsody AXP, a new solution to address current challenges in public health reporting and to improve the early detection, tracking and rapid response to possible disease outbreaks such as seasonal or H1N1 flu. The Cisco Application Extension Platform (AXP), Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) and the Orion Health Rhapsody platform all will be integrated part of this solution, which is to provide a pre-configured and highly secure public health reporting solution. The companies unveiled the joint solution, Rhapsody AXP, to audiences at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Information Network PHIN Conference 2009, in Atlanta, GA. Presently, healthcare organizations are encumbered with antiquated or manual public health reporting processes and systems. These processes and systems increase the costs of public health reporting, lower overall care productivity and impact the quality of care. The Rhapsody AXP solution automates public health reporting by enabling the highly secure and efficient interchange of medical data between organizations. Healthcare providers will utilize standards based transactions from the solution to quickly and accurately transmit and share data between public health agencies, partners, and healthcare information exchanges for improved disease monitoring and response.
Director of Cisco Global Healthcare Solutions, Kathy English, notes the Rhapsody solution meets the demands for providers to both transmit reports as well as receive public health notifications in a simple and cost-effective manner. The Rhapsody AXP utilizes global industry software and hardware open standards to ensure its integration into health information systems, remarked English. This version of Rhapsody may also be particularly useful for smaller sites and remote clinics, anticipates to Paul Viskovich, Orion Health President of North America and EMEA. Rhapsody AXP is designed to be deployed with minimal IT resources within a hospital’s or clinic’s existing reporting system. Cisco Integrated Services Routers with Cisco Application Extension Platform provide a robust and highly secure platform for transmitting and receiving healthcare data.