A small but mighty group of three, Sean Millard, Micah French, and Merry Ricketts comprise the Workplace Team that has numerous areas of responsibility and handles many different tasks. The Workplace Team has been together for three years, with Sean and Merry being with Orchard for over seven years. The group is integral to supporting Orchard's mission by ensuring Orchard’s team members have a great, safe environment, and the tools needed to do their jobs, as well as getting items needed for client installations delivered on time.
Laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the response during an emerging infectious disease outbreak. Lives can be saved by an early and effective laboratory testing response. Specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, laboratories are having to get creative and use every tool in their toolbox to provide the caliber of service the profession has historically built its reputation upon.
Orchard Software has taken its 25 plus years of laboratory IT experience and combined it with the latest technologies to offer cloud hosting services. Knowing the importance of safeguarding protected health information (PHI) and of meeting regulatory requirements such as HIPAA and HITECH, Orchard now offers cloud services that can improve the security and reliability of your system and your patient data, and ease the burden on over-worked IT staff.
Orchard Software Offers COVID-19 University Testing Software to Help Bring Students & Faculty Back to Campus Safely
Orchard Software is partnering with numerous colleges and universities to implement its COVID-19 university testing software solution, designed to help universities bring their students and faculty back to school safely. The laboratory information system (LIS) solution enables universities to automate and streamline their COVID-19 order entry, sample collection, and sample routing processes; and to identify positive patients using Orchard’s powerful data analysis tools.
Orchard Software Offers a University COVID-19 Testing Solution to Help Bring Students & Faculty Back to Campus Safely
Universities across the U.S. are diligently putting together plans for a safe and efficient return to campus for students and faculty. Campuses are planning to resume activities gradually as health and safety conditions allow. Many are choosing to reopen in stages, with a revised academic calendar for the fall, to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of teaching. Among other concerns, university administrators are addressing classroom density, face coverings, contact tracing, and devising a plan for coronavirus and antibody testing. To protect the health and safety of those returning to campus and essential on-site workers, many universities are suggesting baseline viral testing for SARS-CoV-2.
Our training team wants you to know that, despite today's challenges, we are still here to provide quality training on your Orchard products.
Orchard Software understands the unique challenges laboratories and healthcare organizations (HCOs) face surrounding patient security and confidentiality, system reliability, and conscientious spending. To help alleviate these concerns, as an option, Orchard can host your LIS in a secure, reliable, and up-to-date manner in fully redundant, HIPAA-compliant storage centers.
Orchard Software understands the unique challenges laboratories and healthcare organizations face surrounding patient security and confidentiality, system reliability, and conscientious spending. To address these challenges, some laboratories choose to host their LISs in the “cloud.” Like many software companies, Orchard works diligently to make our software available in a hosted environment, and we wanted to feature the cross-departmental team that has made hosted systems possible.
The transition from reimbursement models that pay for volume of services to those that reward for value and positive outcomes is in reality a slow and arduous road to travel. While there is agreement that value is a much better concept to base payments on, getting there is a complex endeavor in the convoluted world of healthcare reimbursements. However, as our healthcare system continues to move toward value-based systems, it is important for laboratory professionals to understand how this shift impacts their service and where laboratory data comes into play in value-based contracts.
Healthcare organizations, technology companies, academic organizations and other private sector businesses are aligning resources to form the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition that is intended to “coordinate collective expertise, capabilities, data and insights to flatten the pandemic’s curve in order to preserve the healthcare delivery system and help protect U.S. populations.”