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Orchard Software understands the unique challenges laboratories and healthcare organizations (HCOs) face surrounding patient security and confidentiality, system reliability, and conscientious spending. For several years, Orchard has offered Cloud Services to enable your organization to host its LIS in a secure, reliable, and up-to-date manner in fully redundant, FedRAMP, HITECH, and HIPAA-compliant storage centers.

Orchard Software’s continuous innovations allow us to offer the newest laboratory information system options in a wide variety of deployment models, including within Amazon Web Services (AWS). With Orchard Cloud Services in AWS, you may elect a cloud-hosted perpetual or subscription license model for on-demand delivery of your contracted laboratory information system components over the internet, allowing your staff to access Orchard’s state-of-the-art laboratory technology solutions with the most powerful computing power, storage, and databases to provide unprecedented back-end performance from a trusted cloud provider.

Cost Efficiency Gains

One of the main advantages of cloud computing in healthcare is its cost efficiency. A subscription service pricing model levels the cost curve and eliminates cost peaks that occur across time, such as costly hardware replacement. This financial arrangement allows organizations to use funds that would be needed to support a robust IT infrastructure in other operational areas. Labs that use a cloud-based LIS obtain a cost-effective solution without the capital layout or expenditure for internal IT staff to maintain and service the infrastructure.

Data Security Improvements

Offloading the bulk of security measures to Orchard makes your data more secure and reduces the burden on your organization’s IT staff. As cybersecurity attacks escalate in frequency and cleverness, it becomes increasingly more difficult to stay up-to-date on the latest phishing and ransomware attacks. These security concerns are handled more easily by a cloud vendor who has security as a number one priority for all of its customers. Experts agree that moving healthcare services to a leading cloud provider such as AWS increases security and system reliability.

System Reliability Enhancement

In a healthcare setting, it is critical to have continual access to systems and data, so it becomes important to have high availability, including a failover plan, in case of an unexpected disaster. To maintain high availability, a laboratory must have a recovery strategy and server failover options. A cloud-based LIS provides enhanced alternatives for failover options. Cloud providers replicate data in multiple data centers to increase data redundancy and provide a high level of disaster recovery. In the event of a failure, Orchard’s cloud-hosted LIS enables near seamless transfer from one data center to a backup, parallel data center. This added data protection means your laboratory does not lose vital patient data.

Predictable Spending, Better Security, & Reliability

Healthcare’s adoption of value-based care and its push toward interoperable systems require that systems are more affordable and agile. The combined challenges that health IT faces today—monitoring systems to achieve optimal performance, minimizing and mitigating ever-growing security risks, and employing and retaining staff with technical expertise—demand flexibility and affordability in information system deployment and ongoing support.

All of Orchard’s lab system solutions may be deployed in an Orchard Cloud Services environment. Orchard Cloud Services offers a secure hosting environment for your LIS that simplifies system management and maintenance, and provides a cost-efficient solution to ensure information systems are accessible and secure. Predictable, fixed payments reduce risk and provide a solid return on investment by reducing costs associated with IT overhead, hardware updates, downtime, and disaster recovery.

Orchard’s cloud-based LIS helps maintain superior system performance using best practices and skilled resources that keep your system up-to-date, and it allows your laboratory to focus on providing quality patient results.

We are happy to discuss your individual needs and help you design a deployment and financing solution that works for your specific healthcare facility. For more information, please review our Cloud Services Information Sheet, or contact our sales team at (800) 856-1948 or sales@orchardsoft.com.