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Orion Health takes Rhapsody engine live on AWS

Orion Health takes Rhapsody engine live on AWS

Orion Health is launching its Rhapsody integration platform-as-a-Service, on AWS.

After a challenging 2017, Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae has launched Rhapsody as a Service for healthcare integration.

After a challenging 2017, Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae has launched Rhapsody as a Service for healthcare integration.

Orion Health is launching its Rhapsody integration platform as-a-Service, on AWS.

Rhapsody-as-a-Service (RaaS) offers the same features and benefits to healthcare organisations as the server-based platform but working in a cloud environment to manage and maintain the entire integration engine.

Rhapsody already provides interoperability between healthcare systems, connecting solutions quickly and at a lower cost to more than 640 customers in 36 countries, Orion said.

The cloud-based RaaS now  eliminates or reduces hardware and maintenance of on premises systems and takes on responsibility for a customer’s integration solution with what Orion calls Integration as a Service (IaaS).

"Today many healthcare organisations are dealing with vast amounts of data from myriad sources across their IT systems while struggling with aging IT infrastructure and layers of legacy technologies which are expensive to maintain," Orion said in a statement.

"This demands intelligent data integration tools to enable organisations to have robust access to accurate and comprehensive data."

Orion Health is currently raising capital and cutting costs to staunch what was a flow of red ink in its financials. In November the company, which carries very little debt, forecast a close to break-even result in the second half of its 2018 financial year ended 31 March. 

It lost $25 million in the first half of the year.

Listed at $5.70 a share in late 2014, shares were trading this morning at 82 cents.

Capital raised in its public offering was to be used in part to help the firm develop its new cloud-based platforms, but the cloud transition has been slow to generate revenue.

RaaS and IaaS establishes a new and competitive pricing model using the latest version of Rhapsody’s technology and configuration, enables highly available deployments and services to recover from failures automatically, and provides 24/7 monitoring and on-call engineers.

“As the healthcare sector takes advantage of the benefits of moving to the cloud as other industries have, and with the recent developments in healthcare compliance and certification, Orion Health is evolving solutions to help healthcare organisations transform their IT systems, helping them deliver improved patient care,” said Orion Health CEO, Ian McCrae, 

As demands on healthcare IT systems increase, improving financial performance remains a priority for most public and private health organisations, he added. 

Orion Health head of research and development Mark Capill said RaaS uses AWS to scale storage capacity and computing power so that the customer only uses, and pays for, what they need.

“The solution also provides off-the-shelf compliance which adheres to the appropriate healthcare guidelines," he said. 

"This cloud-based solution aggregates and stores data in offsite and multiple locations while providing organisations with reliable access to their data.”

Disclosure: Rob O'Neill owns a small parcel of Orion Health shares.


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