In July 2018, Orchard Software celebrates its 25th anniversary. Through years of steady growth, we have gained specialized experience by actively listening to our customers and to industry needs. To ring in our 25th anniversary, we are proud to present our new company and product logos, as well as the “freshening up” of Orchard Resource Central (ORC) and our website. Check out some of our new logos below.
As point-of-care testing (POCT) gains greater traction in value-based healthcare, Orchard Software continues to develop tools that help the laboratory be an integral part of providing superior patient care. Orchard, along with other vendors with a shared interest in POCT, is sponsoring several POC Group webinars in 2018. The POC Group webinars are produced by Whitehat Communications and are focused on topics of interest to the laboratory and POCT industry. The free webinar sessions offer P.A.C.E.® credit opportunities and are given by experts in the lab and POCT market.
New Orleans hosted the 23rd Annual Executive War College (EWC) May 1–2. As usual, EWC was a venue for relevant discussions about the current healthcare industry trends that impact the laboratory. The 2018 EWC was aptly described as a “coming together of lab leadership” by Orchard’s EVP of Corporate/Business Development, Matt Modleski.
Orchard’s 2018 User Group & Symposium will take place June 20 and 21 in Indianapolis, IN. The event provides opportunities to gain in-depth information about the healthcare industry as it relates to the laboratory, Orchard Software, and Orchard’s lab information system products. Designed for both current and prospective users, attendees can “take the pulse” of the laboratory market, meet Orchard employees, and network with other Orchard Software users. Most sessions include ASCLS P.A.C.E.® credits toward continuing education requirements.
Orchard Software’s barn and “biggest tree” were big hits at the 2018 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, sharing an exhibit hall with about 1,300 other health information technology (HIT) vendors. At Orchard, we stay up to date on healthcare industry topics to best support our customers and prepare for the future. HIMSS provides a perfect opportunity to stay abreast of changes in our evolving healthcare market. At HIMSS18, 43,979 attendees, including HIT professionals, vendors, and executives, converged in Las Vegas to collaborate and learn about the major HIT trends shaping the path of healthcare. Below we detail just a few.
The current state of healthcare in the United States is ripe for disruption. Patients and employers alike are frustrated with the rising costs of healthcare and the complexities of the system. And three large corporations—Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase—are primed to be that disruptive force, as they create an independent healthcare company for their combined 840,000 employees. While this collaborative health insurance company will be specifically for company employees, any successes are expected to become models for other businesses.
In line with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) goals to use the latest health information technology (HIT) tools to improve healthcare, Orchard Software’s point-of-care (POCT) management and integration solution, Orchard® Trellis™, addresses the complexities POC coordinators face in remote oversight of various POCT locations, devices, and operators. As the changes in healthcare increase the value and effectiveness of POCT, there is a greater need within the industry for a software solution that can address the disparities of POCT. Swing by one of Orchard’s booths to learn more about Trellis.
Orchard Software’s newest white paper discusses the growing practice of population health management (PHM) and the opportunity for laboratories to understand and be involved in PHM to continue demonstrating their value in new ways.
As our healthcare system, spurred on by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, begins to embrace health information technology (HIT), focusing on system usability becomes more important. The push to install EHRs has encouraged many health networks to adopt systems while putting minimal thought into the need for user-friendly software and adaptive workflows that effectively use HIT tools. However, the LIS has been around much longer than the EHR, and it was adopted to improve the productivity and workflow in the lab; it is not the result of a government mandate. So LIS usability should be advanced well beyond the EHR, right? It turns out that on average, this is not the case. We have good news, though: Orchard® Harvest™ is not your average LIS. It stands out among its competitors because at Orchard Software, we listen to our customers to improve usability.
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) puts more pressure on laboratories as reimbursements are expected to dwindle, yet laboratory testing continues to be at the heart of patient diagnosis and treatment planning. The question, then, is in which labs will that testing take place? With the current industry in flux—shifting to value-based care—it becomes more important than ever for labs to “step up their game” and demonstrate their value beyond lab results.
“There is a very urgent need for laboratories to establish value in the eyes of their owners. One way or another, the laboratory has to be an asset to its owner, whether through earning revenue via traditional fee-for-service or through contribution to bundled care or capitated arrangements. In either scenario, the lab is on the line to demonstrate its contribution and why it should be an essential part of that organization.”
–Bob McGonnagle, Publisher, CAP TODAY