Orion Health™ Supports New HIMSS Europe Continuity of Care Maturity Model

Orion HealthA new model for evaluating the technological capabilities of European health and social care organisations delivering care across the patient journey is to be launched by HIMSS Europe. The new model has received active support from leading global health software provider, Orion Health.

The new Continuity of Care Maturity Model (CoCMM), to be unveiled at the World of Health IT (WoHIT) Conference & Exhibition, reflects the growing maturity of technology required to coordinate healthcare across multiple care settings. The model has been developed to complement HIMSS' Electronic Medical Record Adoption Models (EMRAM) for the acute and primary sectors.

Orion Health, based on its proven expertise of delivering integrated care across health economies in Europe, was part of the workgroup that supported HIMSS Europe in designing the new CoCMM.

Orion Health project experience in continuity of care includes the delivery of a national Electronic Care Record (ECR) for Northern Ireland's 1.8 million population. The ECR helps enable the communication and sharing of patient data taken from multiple, existing information systems across acute, community, primary health and social care.

In addition, Orion Health has implemented a portal-based electronic health record and care coordination solution spanning the 1.2 million population of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The Programas de Atención al Paciente con Enfermedades Crónicas (PAPEC) solution makes medical records readily available and accessible to authorised health professional throughout the region, while ensuring that evidence-based best practice is followed thereby improving patient care and safety.

The CoCMM includes seven stages, from basic peer-to-peer data exchange (stage one) to knowledge driven engagement for a multi-vendor, multi-organisation interconnected health delivery model (stage seven).

David Bennett, vice president, Healthier Populations at Orion Health said: "The changing disease profile of the population - moving away from acute illness and episodic care towards long term conditions and continuous care– is resulting in capacity issues across many healthcare systems. Worldwide this is driving a shift from hospital-based care towards care delivered closer to the patient, coordinated across multi-disciplinary teams from many providers.

"To address this, cost-effective care needs to be delivered through a continuity of care approach, providing care in the most appropriate setting with supporting information technology. This is why we welcome the HIMSS Continuity of Care Maturity Model which aims to represent the levels of integrated care required to coordinate care across multi-disciplinary teams in various healthcare settings."

Charles Scatchard, President of International at Orion Health said: "Our experience shows that integrated care works best when underpinned by IT - helping to increase clinician productivity through services such as secure data sharing, workflow coordination and patient involvement in the care process. The other important contributor to successfully delivering integrated care is the involvement of clinical staff from the start of IT projects. This concept is embedded in our own e-Health methodology. Early clinical engagement in e-Health encourages swift adoption, allowing clinicians to more quickly focus on patient care."

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Orion Health is the only leading global, independently owned eHealth software company and is one of the world’s leading providers of electronic health records (EHRs) and healthcare integration solutions to healthcare organisations. Worldwide, Orion Health solutions are used in 30 countries by more than 300,000 clinicians. In Canada, thousands of clinicians and hundreds of provider facilities and OEM partners rely on Orion Health to facilitate data exchange between hospitals, health systems and EHRs, resulting in improved care co-ordination, increased cost savings and efficiencies, and enhanced quality of care.

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