Orion Health teams with Oracle and Intel in Spain

Health software developer will use Spanish hospital to showcase its technology

Auckland-based Orion Health is teaming up with Intel and Oracle in a clinical mobility pilot project being conducted in Spain. The mobile patient information system is being trialled at the Hospital Universitario Son Dureta in Palma de Mallorca.

Using RFID technology, integrated into a mobile tablet device, hospital staff will be able to scan patient wristbands and access information about the patient, such as blood test and scan results, says Ian McCrae, CEO of Orion Health.

Orion’s Concerto medical record software and the device — the Motion C5 MCA (mobile clinical assistant) which uses Intel’s technology — will allow clinicians to access patient data wherever they are in the hospital, regardless of whether the patient is in a bed or being moved on a stretcher or in a wheelchair, says McCrae.

Clinicians from all over the world will come to visit the Son Dureta Hospital to see the system in action, he adds.

The RFID system is just an early phase in a bigger electronic medical record management project that will be conducted over the next five years, he says.

Orion and Oracle technologies, which bring together clinical data from multiple systems across the facility, have already been implemented at Son Dureta Hospital, says McCrae. The joint solution includes a clinical web portal, a central repository for clinical data, and an electronic whiteboard for the accident and emergency department. This system was rolled out in 2006.

Orion and Oracle are looking to sell the system to markets in other parts of Europe, North America and South Africa, says McCrae. This is the first time Orion has partnered with Intel, he says.

Orion has been in the Spanish market for about five years now, says McCrae, and the company has seven staff based in Palma. “We are looking to set up a second office in Spain — in Madrid or Barcelona,” he says. About five staff in New Zealand, in addition to the team in Palma, are involved in the project.

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