University of Louisville Hospital goes live with Rhapsody as a Service

July 19, 2018 Drew Ivan

University of Louisville Hospital (UofL Hospital) recently went live with Rhapsody as a Service (RaaS) our cloud-based integration engine. Powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), RaaS is providing UofL Hospital rapid and scalable interoperability, connecting disparate technologies within their healthcare system. UofL Hospital's Chief Information Officer Doug Jones believes working in a cloud environment is already adding expansive value to their IT systems.  

One of the biggest advantages and the main reason healthcare providers choose to migrate their systems to the cloud is automation and the ability to save on IT costs and maintenance. There is also an increased focus on reducing risk and increasing the scalability of mission-critical technology. We have gone from a world where software is manually configured, to the cloud where software can be quickly deployed and upgrades automated. The significantly improved levels of agility and scale provide multiple options for continuous delivery, rapid experimentation and enhanced lifecycle management. Applications that used to take months to deploy can now take just minutes, making it easy for UofL to keep their systems up to date with the latest features. 

Costs are saved with the capability of elastic scaling to allow storage capacity, computing power, features or support levels to be easily dialled up or down, paying for only what is consumed. This flexibility is essential if organisations are to grow and adapt with the fast-moving landscape of healthcare demands. 

RaaS represents strong alignment between the benefits that the solution offers and the top priorities of health systems today. When looking to upgrade, UofL needed an interoperability solution that would allow their entire system to immediately build its own interfaces to support a variety of organizational initiatives, without any unscheduled downtime. They wanted an agile, cloud-based solution that they could easily and securely migrate their previous interface engine onto. Doug researched all available interoperability solutions in the market and found RaaS to be the only option that would meet their entire list of criteria.  

Since deploying RaaS in early 2018, UofL Hospital is already sending over 2.5 million messages a day and has saved countless hours in deploying software and maintaining systems. Since go-live, the health system has realized over 99% uptime, which is critical to meeting the organization’s interoperability and data management initiatives.   

We are seeing an uptick in demand for our best-in-class cloud-based integration engine since we released it earlier this year, which is mainly due to the alignment between the benefits the solution offers and the top priorities of health systems today— including an increased focus on reducing risk and increasing the scalability of mission-critical technology. UofL Hospital is a true innovator when it comes to both technology and patient care, and we are excited to partner with them to help them realize the full benefits of RaaS. It is imperative that a large system like Louisville has 24/7 access to accurate data across its enterprise, and we are proud that our intelligent data integration tools help support its ultimate mission to provide superior patient care. 

For years, the Rhapsody Integration Engine has provided rapid and scalable interoperability to more than 640 healthcare systems in 36 countries.  The new RaaS offering from Orion Health offers the same powerful features and benefits to healthcare organizations working in a cloud environment. RaaS uses AWS to scale storage capacity and computing power so that the customer only uses, and pays for, what it needs. The solution also provides off-the-shelf compliance that adheres to the appropriate healthcare guidelines. This cloud-based solution aggregates and stores data in offsite and multiple locations while providing organisations with secure and reliable access to its data. 

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